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

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Important Message about LEARN NC

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.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The learner will be doing curriculum integrated activities using Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Shannon Zerniak.
Animals movin' on up
Children will explore animal body parts in animal pictures using the inquiry method. They will discuss their functions in movement and eating. They will also discuss the idea that classifications of animals have similar body parts.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics and Science)
By Anne Allen.
Animals undercover
Students will learn about the different animal coverings using the inquiry method. They will learn about how the covering is used for protection and to control body temperatures.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Anne Ellis.
Bear graph
The students will compare and contrast bears brought from home and share their ideas through a graph.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Karen Pledger.
Body graphing
"Body Graphing" is an interactive graphing activity involving manipulatives to compare graphing results. With the use of ropes and unifix cubes students will learn to compare and contrast their body with classmates. The graphing activity can be extended to graph differences with height, hair and eye color, and other physical attributes.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By patsy morgan.
Candy math
Unit on reviewing Math skills. The unit will take 20 minutes per day for 6 days. A good activity for late spring.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Tammy Sharpe.
Category fun
This is a unit on categorizing for Kindergartners. It spans approximately one week, using 30-45 minutes each day. It incorporates the use of multimedia.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Computer/Technology Skills and Mathematics)
By Cathy Palmer.
Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!
Using chocolate as a theme, students will become involved in reading, writing, math, word study/spelling and other developmentally appropriate (integrated) activities. The unit includes centers for the classroom along with whole group activities.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Luwonna Oakes.
Classifying transportation objects
In this lesson the students will sort, classify, and label transportation items by various attributes.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By LuAda Skaggs.
Comparing & contrasting real & make-believe bears
Student pairs create a Venn Diagram in their Bear Research Journal listing things that are the same and different about real and make-believe bears.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Susan Lovett.
Dinosaur math
The children will be involved in several different activities (graphing, sorting and classifying, patterning) rotating to each station during the lesson.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By RobinC Adams.
Easter egg math
Using colored Easter eggs, students will sort by color, count eggs, and graph data.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Marie Messer.
Fun with fruits and vegetables
The activities will help the student identify, describe, and classify fruits and vegetables and learn how each grows.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living, Mathematics, and Science)
By Suzie Overholt.
Graphing with food
Students will use a variety of foods to make graphs. Each food should be used for a separate lesson for a total of ten lessons.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Bunnie R. Brewer.
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.
Jumping with Jack Be Nimble
In Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach, page 3
In this kindergarten lesson plan, students use the nursery rhyme "Jack Be Nimble" to practice locomotor skills and sorting objects.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living and Science)
By Lisa Wright.
M&M math
Rotating to each station using M&M's, this lesson will allow students to add, graph, sort, and estimate.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Karen Walker.
Matching with The Little Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
In Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach, page 10
In this kindergarten lesson, students participate in a pattern-matching activity based on the nursery rhyme "The Little Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe."
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Lisa Wright.
Me and my scarecrow
This math lesson will allow students to create their own individual and unique scarecrows based on attributes about themselves. Students will compare their scarecrows to those of their classmates and observe similarities and differences.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics and Social Studies)
By Stephanie Duncan.
Penguin possibilities: Sorting by attributes
This lesson is designed to help students observe details and explore ways that objects, in this case penguins, can be sorted by various attributes such as size, color, etc.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Shyrl Stadler.