K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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Los dos reyes y los dos laberintos
This lesson focuses on the short story "Los dos reyes y los dos laberintos" written by Jorge Luis Borges. Students interpret the work through reading and group activities. The students will show their interpretation of the theme of the story through a written essay.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Sandra Sigmon.
Night of the Twisters
Reading strategies are used to introduce a literary work.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Arts)
By Authurice Mitchell.
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
This lesson plan focuses on a English Language Arts objectives: similarity and difference. Students compare the story The Three Little Pigs and The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas. Students will work collaboratively in small heterogeneous groups to apply strategies for comprehension and vocabulary.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Betty Coleman-Canty and Michelle Swain.
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.
“ottos mops” by Ernst Jandl
This lesson is designed for students to enjoy a short amusing poem, as well as refine their knowledge of short “o” and long “o” sounds, and use higher order thinking skills to analyze who or what otto and mops are.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Helga Fasciano.
ABCs by the week
This is an ongoing series of lessons to teach the 26 letters of the alphabet through functional skills that can be used on a daily/weekly basis building on and transferring to other educational tasks. These lessons incorporate coloring, marking, painting, cutting, pasting, creating, listening and following directions.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Karen Dawsey and Sherry Waters.
Awesome action words
Good writers use precise verbs to make stories interesting and vivid. In this lesson, students will learn to replace boring, redundant, generic verbs with more precise “Awesome Action Words.”
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
Bubba: A Cinderella story
This lesson focuses on the whimsical interpretation of the Cinderella story. Students explore the story Bubba, the Cowboy Prince, through rich text and interpretations of the story.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Jennifer Fessler and Karen Wright.
Connecting folktales and culture in North Carolina and beyond
Students will explore connections to North Carolina culture as they engage in reading and analyzing three folktales of North Carolina Literary Festival author, William Hooks. After comparing these stories to other versions of the traditional tales, students will become authors and storytellers themselves as they rewrite a tale from a new cultural point of view. Opportunities are also included to extend this study to world cultures and folktales.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jeanne Munoz.
Cross-checking: An early reading strategy
Beginning readers need to learn how to bring together two sources of information simultaneously. They have to think about what would make sense and think about letters/sounds; cross-checking. Most children prefer to do one or the other, but not both. Therefore, some children guess something that is sensible but ignore the visual (letter/sound) and others guess something which is close to the visual but makes no sense in the sentence. This activity will demonstrate how to cross check.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By Jane Kate Blackmon.
"Der Handschuh" by Friedrich Schiller
Students will have the opportunity to explore the poem, “Der Handschuh,” through shared reading, shared writing, and phonemic strategies that lead to fluency and comprehension.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Thomas Skinner.
Describing Japanese screens and scrolls through images
The second part of a larger unit on talking and writing about, as well as creating, Japanese screen and scroll paintings. The purpose of this unit plan is to introduce descriptive aspects of art criticism, while teaching the art and culture of Japan. Students create illustrations of classmates' descriptions of Japanese screens or scrolls.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Visual Arts Education)
By Michelle Harrell.
Directed reading lesson: Dear Mr. Blueberry
This plan is a directed reading/thinking activity for the book Dear Mr. Blueberry with questioning and a follow-up written activity that focuses on the story elements. Another activity involves discussing facts about whales in the story and, then, finding other facts about whales that are used for a writing activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 English Language Arts)
By Candace Hall.
Discovering how to take care of our natural resources
This lesson focuses on our natural resources and the effects our actions have on them. Students explore this concept through discussion, matching, literature, and writing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts, English Language Development, and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Hicks and Alison Short.
"Do Spiders Live on the World Wide Web?"
Through use of a fun and informative online story, students will explore the parts of the computer, as well as discover that words have multiple meanings.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Information Skills)
Economic resources using thinking maps
This lesson uses several literature selections in order to identify and classify natural, human, and capital resources. Students will work together in small groups to gather information and individually complete a Thinking Map. The assessment includes completing a Tree Map individually and sharing group information with the rest of the class. This lesson will take two days.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Robin Campbell.
Features of print
In this lesson, the teacher introduces the concept of gathering information from chapter headings, bold type and other organizational features of print (such as tables of contents) in non-fiction texts in print and online.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Gail Goodling, Susan Lovett, and Sue Versenyi.
Flying high with hot air balloons!
This lesson plan, written for the Novice High Second Language Student, uses the historical fiction book The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr, to reinforce basic vocabulary and introduce new vocabulary while tying into many community sponsored hot air balloon events held in the fall.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Barbara Boal.
Hear it, spell it, see it!
This is an activity to help children develop visual recognition of basic sight word vocabulary at the kindergarten level. The words covered are: I, am, can, like, it, and is. This is a simple, quick activity that adds a new dimension to sight word building with the help of the computer.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Vickie Hedrick.
Here comes the circus
Boys and girls of all ages love the Circus. This is a lesson from an integrated unit. In this lesson, students will be introduced to the Kindergarten level words from the Dolch Word List.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Penny Stafford.