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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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
As an extension of a weather unit, second grade students will use the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett to explore compound words using an introduction to spreadsheet.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Information Skills)
By Mary Rizzo.
The Alphabet Tree
After reading The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni to students, the students will retell the events on a flow map. Then using Kid Pix software, each child will choose an event, illustrate it, and write a caption for it. The students will then put their events in order in a Kid Pix Slide Show they can present to the class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By Jody Shaughnessy.
The Red-eyed Tree Frog and PowerPoint
Students will read The Red-eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley then plan and put together a PowerPoint slideshow which retells the story.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Science)
By Jody Shaughnessy.
Alphabet animals
Students will use their knowledge of the alphabet and letter sounds to create an alphabet PowerPoint presentation. Each slide will contain a letter of the alphabet, a sentence and the sound that corresponds to that letter.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Information Skills)
By Emily Leonard.
Animal slide shows!
This project is a culmination of a science unit on animals which integrates computer skills, language arts and art. After a study of animals which includes classification, basic needs of animals, animal adaptations, and animal behaviors, the students will use the computer to complete a slide show of one animal they have studied at length.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Science)
By Margie Bartolomucci.
Apple story writing with a buddy
Students will write a story with a buddy through the use of a computer. Practicing computer skills and correct sentence formation will be emphasized.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Computer/Technology Skills and English Language Arts)
By Patsy Oswald.
Books we've read
This lesson plan creates a classroom database collecting information on books that students have read over a period of time determined by the teacher and/or students. By sorting and filtering, students evaluate the data and can later create other products from their findings.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Computer/Technology Skills and Information Skills)
By Mary Rizzo.
Bugs, bugs, bugs
This lesson integrates writing and the study of insects by having the students create a book following the pattern of How Many Bugs in a Box? by David A. Carter.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Vicki Rivenbark.
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.
Collecting and organizing data
In this lesson students will learn to collect data and organize the data into a chart using computer technology.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Mathematics)
By Rochelle Mullis.
Computer alphabet
Students will use the computer to create, save, open and print a file called "ABCs." For each letter of the alphabet the student is expected to create a capital (using the shift key), a lowercase, insert a picture that begins with the corresponding letter, and press the spacebar before repeating this process for the remaining letters of the alphabet.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Computer/Technology Skills and Information Skills)
By Patricia SullivanHall.
Dear Tootsie Roll company
The students will measure the surface area and wrapper area of five pieces of candy. Using appropriate formulas and measuring techniques, they will complete information needed for a spreadsheet and database. Students wrap up the lesson by writing a letter to the company with the most wasted paper to explain how the waste affects them as consumers and a suggestion for correcting the problem.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Tonya Thompson.
Discovering elements online
Students will work independently and in small groups to research assigned elements on the internet with sites given in advance. They will then contribute to a class database with their individual information. The database will then be made available for students to again work independently and in pairs to answer questions created from a class discussion to discover relationships about the elements.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Information Skills and Science)
By Trish Loudermilt.
"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)
Election time database
After using various methods of researching information, students will create a database and use it to answer questions about the current election. At the conclusion, students will create a poster or PowerPoint presentation of their findings.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
By Lee Yahnker.
The emperor's prize egg
This lesson will introduce students to the life of a penguin. They will explore penguins' habitats, eating habits, and other unique adaptations that they use to survive in Antarctica.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Science)
By Betty Burleson.
Faces tell feelings - Part 1 - Understanding URLs
In this lesson, students will learn what a URL is and use URLs pointing to art sites that contain works they will use in their next art class as they begin a cooperative unit on facial expressions in works of art.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Computer/Technology Skills)
By Susan Wenzel Getter.
Favorite restaurant database
Students will be able to show their ability to independently create a database.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Computer/Technology Skills and Information Skills)
By Elizabeth Everitt.
Fractions on Kid Pix
Students will create illustrations of fractions as parts of a whole and parts of a set using Kid Pix computer program.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Mathematics)
By Ann Keable.
Frosty friends
Students will draw snowmen using various tools in the illustration component of their program. Our students use KidWorks2 by Davidson but others may be used instead. They will then write original stories to accompany their illustrations.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Computer/Technology Skills and English Language Arts)
By Linda Baker.