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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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.
Congruent figures
This is a fun, hands-on activity to help students identify congruent figures.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Jennifer Robinson.
Describing words: Go Away, Big Green Monster
The students will use describing words in their writing based on the book Go Away, Big Green Monster while integrating math concepts about shapes.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Paula Jennings.
Exploring geometric shapes
These hands-on activities make learning about geometric shapes more appealing to students.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Debbie Fox.
A geometric field trip
Students conduct a field trip around the school (inside and out) looking for examples of geometric shapes. They record their findings using a digital camera and present their findings in a multimedia presentation.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Mathematics)
By Mary Rizzo.
Geometry and art: Art museum post-visit
This is the third lesson in a three-part unit integrating math, writing and visual arts. In this integrated lesson, students apply their knowledge of geometry by organizing and displaying information in graphs with correct labeling. Students then compare and analyze graphs. Finally, with this information students create a geometric design.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Visual Arts Education and Mathematics)
By Loretta Hopper.
Geometry and art: Art museum visit
This lesson is the second in a three-part unit integrating math, writing and visual arts. In this lesson students apply their knowledge of geometry by sorting, classifying and counting plane geometric figures during a visit to the art museum to look at and compare twentieth- century paintings. Students then collect data and share what they observe.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Visual Arts Education and Mathematics)
By Loretta Hopper.
Grocery store matter
The lesson stimulates students' thought processes and makes students aware of the things around them by teaching them about the three kinds of matter and their properties.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts and Science)
By Indiana Jennette.
Hula hoop sorting
Students will use two large hula hoops to form a Venn Diagram. Then, using various colored paper shapes, they will recognize, and identify circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, trapezoids, and parallelograms.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Diane Jackson.
MyPyramid: Eat a variety of foods
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 1.1
Foods and their packaging come in many different shapes. In this kindergarten lesson plan from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, students learn about the food groups found in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPyramid and look for foods, packaging, and cooking utensils shaped like squares and rectangles.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living and Mathematics)
Our geometric world
The students will use newspaper and magazine pictures to recognize geometric figures within the real world. They will make a collage of pictures showing various geometric shapes. They will write a summary of the shapes that are represented in their collage.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Robin Ward.
Paint tools & geometric figures
This lesson is meant to teach or review for third grade students the use of Paint tools. These tools are generic to many multimedia tools such as HyperStudio and Kid Pix. For the student who is unfamiliar with "Paint," it provides another tool of expression and illustration.
This lesson is also designed to reinforce geometry math skills. This ability to illustrate a three dimensional object on a flat one dimensional surface is important to enable the student to visualize geometry math problems.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–3 Computer/Technology Skills and Mathematics)
By Barbara Waters.
Painted cylindrical sculptures
Students will experiment painting a variety of lines as directed in addition to inventing their own on 12" x 18" paper. Students will also glue pre-cut paper strips onto their sculptures experimenting with a variety of paper sculpture techniques such as bending, folding and curling.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Visual Arts Education and Mathematics)
By Rose Szabo.
Pattern block addition
Students will practice addition, problem solving, and writing equations in the context of a fun and challenging pattern game.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Mathematics)
By Dawn Potter.
Polyhedra: Faces, edges, and verticies (3-D marshmallow models)
Students will review the names of 3 dimensional shapes, create the shapes using marshmallows and toothpicks, and find relationships among the faces, verticies, and edges of different 3-D polyhedra.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Julie Little.
The shape of stuff
This lesson will involve students identifying, describing, and making solid figures.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Bettie Davis.
Shapes
Students will use the Kid Pix Studio Deluxe computer software program to draw a circle, square, rectangle, and triangle. They will be instructed to make the shapes a certain color and size. Then they will print their work.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Information Skills and Mathematics)
By Di Small.
Solid graphing
The students will review solid figures using a baggie of assorted snack mix (cones, cubes, cylinders, and spheres) and will begin a vertical bar graph showing the number of each solid figure in a bag of assorted snack mix.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Lisa Fletcher.
Stamp it here, stamp it there, stamp it where?
Using a drawing program (Kid Pix), students will integrate English Language Arts and Technology Skills as they work with Geometry skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Mary Rizzo.
Super shape shifter
Students learn shapes and put them together to make other shapes.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Becky Woolard.