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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1796 map of North Carolina
1796 map of North Carolina
This simple 1796 map of North Carolina clearly shows the names and locations of major rivers and a few towns. Hand-drawn mountain icons give a rough indication of topography.
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1822 county map of North Carolina
1822 county map of North Carolina
1822 color map of North Carolina, colored by county. The map indicates topographical features, and is shaded to show the locations of swamps and mountains. The structure of the major river basins is also clearly visible.
Format: image/map
Backwater of the Scuppernong River
Backwater of the Scuppernong River
This is the backwater of the Scuppernong River in Tyrrell County, North Carolina.
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Bank of the Kali Gandaki River
Bank of the Kali Gandaki River
Trails snake through the flood plains of the Kali Gandaki River in western Nepal. The Kali Gandaki is one of the major rivers of Nepal originating in the northern Himalayas and flowing down south through mountain gorges before landing in the plains and joining...
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Bird calls in the Mekong delta
Many types of birds make their home among the rice paddies, homes and waterways of the Mekong Delta. To me, this birdcall does not sound like typical waterfowl in America. This was recorded as part of a multi-day Mekong Delta tour that started in Saigon (Ho...
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A blackwater river from sea to source: The White Oak River transect
A “virtual field trip” up the White Oak River in southeastern North Carolina, with discussion of how local ecology changes along the way due to decreasing salinity.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Buffalo on a river bank in Annapurna
Buffalo on a river bank in Annapurna
A buffalo rests on a river bank beneath Himalayan peaks in the Annapurna region of western Nepal. Buffalo provide milk and meat, and are used for plowing farmland. On the far side of the river we can see the terraced fields that are often found in the mountain...
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Cape Fear River
Cape Fear River
A view of the Cape Fear River, near Wilmington.
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Cliffs along the Kali Gandaki River
Cliffs along the Kali Gandaki River
A foot trail by the Kaali Gandaki River, hewn out of a steep cliff. Three men walk along the rocky trail. Across the river, terraced fields and a village can be seen. Wood poles are dug into the banks to carry electricity pylons from the large hydroelectric...
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Coastal Plain Bottomland Forest
Coastal Plain Bottomland Forest
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The Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
The Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
The Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. The river winds through craggy rock ridges. The Grand Canyon is located on the Colorado Plateau. The plateau was uplifted as the Colorado River and its tributaries carved channels into the rock over...
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Craggy cliff walls on Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Craggy cliff walls on Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Craggy cliff walls on Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. The Grand Canyon is located on the Colorado Plateau. The plateau was uplifted as the Colorado River and its tributaries carved channels into the rock over a period of thousands...
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Craggy cliff walls on Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Craggy cliff walls on Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Craggy cliff walls on Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Evergreen shrubs sprout from crevices in the rock. The Grand Canyon is located on the Colorado Plateau. The plateau was uplifted as the Colorado River and its tributaries carved...
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Dan River, Virginia
Dan River, Virginia
The Dan River, near Danville, Virginia.
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The Dismal Swamp Canal
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 7.2
Transportation in northeastern North Carolina was extremely difficult in the eighteenth century. The Dismal Swamp Canal, which opened in 1805, enabled passage between the Pasquotank River in North Carolina wih the Elizabeth River in Virginia. Over time the canal was rebuilt and expanded, and today it is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
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By David Walbert.
The emerald depths of the Eno River in Durham, NC
The emerald depths of the Eno River in Durham, NC
This is the Eno River in Eno River State Park in Durham, North Carolina.
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Footbridge across the Eno River in Eno River State Park
Footbridge across the Eno River in Eno River State Park
This is a footbridge across the Eno River in Eno River State Park in Durham, North Carolina.
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Freshwater marsh and pioneer forest trees; fresh/salt transition
Freshwater marsh and pioneer forest trees; fresh/salt transition
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Freshwater marsh and swamp forest; Tidal freshwater section
Freshwater marsh and swamp forest; Tidal freshwater section
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Freshwater marsh with salt marsh fringe at low salinity area
Freshwater marsh with salt marsh fringe at low salinity area
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