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LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

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“J'adore la pizza” by Karen Kransky: Finding rhyming words in a French poem
This lesson is designed to increase students' awareness of some French letter-sound combinations that rhyme, in spite of being spelled differently using the poem, "J'adore la pizza" by Karen Kransky.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Second Languages)
By Laura Hemphill.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Once I Caught a Fish Alive): Counting and directional words
In Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach, page 12
In this kindergarten lesson plan, students use the nursery rhyme "1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Once I Caught a Fish Alive)" to practice recognition of written numbers and directional words.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Lisa Wright.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Learning letters and sounds at a zoom!
This lesson introduces, reviews, and reinforces letter recognition and letter sounds using the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. Kindergarten children will enjoy this activity! It is appropriate for all academic levels.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Shanna Buckner.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
As an extension of a weather unit, second grade students will use the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett to explore compound words using an introduction to spreadsheet.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Information Skills)
By Mary Rizzo.
Dear Peter Rabbit
Students will identify formal language and sentence structures in friendly letters. They will use similar formal language and style to create friendly letters to other story book characters.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Caroline Annas, Elizabeth Gibson, and Stephanie Johnson.
Love Letters: Using imagery to convey feelings
After listening to Arnold Adoff's Love Letters, students will write and share their own love letters. This lesson is especially fun around Valentine's Day.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–4 English Language Arts)
By Jennifer Reid.
Molly's Pilgrim Activity
Using the book by Barbara Cohen, students will respond to the social and historical significance of this portrayal of the Thanksgiving holiday. Students will also participate in constructing a Venn diagram and completing a cloze activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Susan Milholland, Kathy Vaden, and Rita Wilson.
Mr. Griggs' Work
The students will learn about the importance of responsibility, dependability, punctuality, honesty, and effort in the workplace through the reading of the book Mr. Griggs' Work. The students will have the opportunity to explore these character traits in their own work setting.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance)
By William Hodge.
Tacky the Penguin
After reading the story, Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, the students will write their own Tacky story. The students will brainstorm ideas before getting started. Next each student will write a rough draft. After the rough draft, the students will proofread and edit their work. Then the students will type their story and illustrate the pictures.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By Tonya Williams.
The Alphabet Tree
After reading The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni to students, the students will retell the events on a flow map. Then using Kid Pix software, each child will choose an event, illustrate it, and write a caption for it. The students will then put their events in order in a Kid Pix Slide Show they can present to the class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By Jody Shaughnessy.
The Farm Concert
This lesson teaches basic print awareness along with animal names and sounds through guided reading and the use of a graphic organizer.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Kelly Brandon.
The Greedy Triangle
Students review geometric terms by making predictions about what the Greedy Triangle will become as the teacher reads the book, The Greedy Triangle. Students will create geometric creatures after the review.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics)
By Renee Allen.
The Grouchy Ladybug
Students will learn the meaning of illustration, will be introduced to a famous illustrator and will create an illustration based on the style of this particular artist.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Visual Arts Education)
By Jean Caldwell.
The Legend of the Blue Bonnet
Students will create their own version/retelling of The Legend of the Blue Bonnet by Tomie dePaola
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts)
By Shari Peacock.
The Red-eyed Tree Frog and PowerPoint
Students will read The Red-eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley then plan and put together a PowerPoint slideshow which retells the story.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Science)
By Jody Shaughnessy.
The Wish Giver: Cause and effect
Through a discussion of the characters in the novel The Wish Giver, by Bill Brittain, the teacher will teach the students to identify and analyze the cause/effect relationship and its importance in reading comprehension.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Arts)
By Becky Ellzey.
Walter the Baker
In this lesson, students will read and discuss Walter the Baker by Eric Carle. They will then create a personal response in words and pictures explaining what they want to be when they grow up.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Teresa Bennett.
A'planting we will go
This lesson is based on the book, The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle. This story will be used to introduce the students to the concept that seeds change and grow into plants when conditions in the environment including temperature, light, water and soil are appropriate. Students will learn that plants produce seeds that can become new plants. Through extended activities, the students will experience first-hand the germination of seeds. They will become familiar with the parts of a plant and learn how each part works to produce a healthy plant.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts, English Language Development, and Science)
By Karol Schriber.
Air is all around us
Air is everywhere. It cannot be seen, but it is all around us. This lesson helps students discover that air is everywhere.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Science)
By Jan Wuertz.
All About ME: Likenesses & Differences
This lesson will help to enhance the self-esteem of students by focusing on each child's individual differences.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Guidance, Healthful Living, and Social Studies)
By Crystal Sigmon.