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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“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.
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.
Ya sé lo que hiciste el verano pasado! Using the preterite indicative tense
This lesson focuses on the uses of the preterite indicative tense and vocabulary related to travel. The students will read various selections that demonstrate the use of the preterite tense and draw pictures to illustrate their understanding. Students will demonstrate their understanding by creating a time line of their life history and sharing it with the class. The lesson culminates with students writing a composition entitled “I know what you did last summer” and presenting it to the class in the target language.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Carolina Thomson and Ronda Hatcher.
Los adjetivos con el verbo “estar”
Students will learn adjectives of emotion with the verb estar and make a booklet illustrating the new vocabulary.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Karen Hayworth.
“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.
Adjectives: Hero versus Villain
Students will compare and contrast a hero and a villain through a variety of oral and written activities.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Rebecca Watkins.
Around the world in one semester!
This lesson is a semester-long project that focuses on countries that speak the target language. Students will research a chosen country and do an oral presentation for the class. They will then research and present a current event weekly for the remainder of the semester.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Crystal Humphrey and Michelle Chrismon.
"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.
Food choice in our everyday lives
This lesson focuses on everyday foods and how these foods relate to the food pyramid. Students will recognize food vocabulary in the target language (Spanish) and will make healthy food choices by creating thinking maps, a school menu in the target language, and exploring food choices from around the world.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Healthful Living and Second Languages)
By Gina Benson and Laura Epting.
Names of farm animals and sounds they make
The teacher will introduce nine animal names and the sounds they make in Spanish. Students will become familiar with the animal names and will begin some language production.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Second Languages)
By Tolitha Prybylinski.
Navigating the Subway: Indicateur des métros
Traveling in a foreign country often requires knowledge of how to use the subway to visit various points of interest in a particular city. The activity is in the form of a role-play in which one student serves as an employee at a government Tourist Office. The other plays the role of a tourist who wants to go to a particular location within the city. He must convey this information to the employee in the target language. The employee then inputs the information into the program and orally gives the directions to the tourist.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
Opening an Hispanic restaurant
This lesson focuses on vocabulary and currency associated with food, restaurants, and menus. Students conduct research to create an authentic menu with a companion recipe books. The lesson culminates in short presentations and food samples.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Susan Canipe.
Partes del cuerpo (Parts of the body)
Students learn Spanish vocabulary for parts of the body.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Teresa Payne.
Pliny and the Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
The purpose of this lesson is to use earth science concepts--from volcanology--to explain to students studying the letter of Pliny the Younger to the historian Tacitus how Mt. Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. Students will study and demonstrate mastery of the eruption and its historical impact through a webquest on Pompeii, reading of an articles with appropriate content-area reading support, participation in interactive lecture, writing of a journal entry about life in Pompeii at the time of the eruption, oral presentations on life in Pompeii, reviewing of the grammatical functions of all tenses of participles, and using a rubric to evaluate a video on Pompeii to be used for instruction.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Gregory King-Owen.
Prepositional phrases showing location
Students will learn the Spanish words for several prepositional phrases that show location. This lesson also reviews previous vocabulary.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Second Languages)
By Stephanie Watson.
Shared reading and writing with La Casa Adormecida
This lesson focuses on adjective placement and agreement in Spanish as found in the story La casa adormecida by Audrey Wood using shared reading and writing strategies.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Second Languages)
By Leslie Baldwin.
Shared reading with Soñar un Crimen
This lesson focuses on basic pronunciation and comprehension skills while reading the first chapter of the mystery Soñar un crimen by Rosana Acquaroni Muñoz. Students will also practice the use of interrogatives. As an end result, students will produce crossword puzzle clues that review key elements of the first chapter.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Rachel Casady.
Star for a day name fun
This lesson contains a short, simple activity to help students learn greetings and introductions in the target language.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
Teaching the body parts in Spanish
The students will be able to recognize and recall the body parts in Spanish.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Second Languages)
By Ana Beltran.
"Un viaje inolvidable" (Gouin series booklet)
Students will create a 12-page booklet about a real or imaginary plane trip (within or beyond the United States). The twelve pages include a title page, 10 pages (each with one sentence using a verb or various verbs in the preterit tense) and an ending page. Students share the processes involved in preparing to travel by plane, as well as activities enjoyed during the trip itself and at the destination.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Mary Thomas.