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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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.
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.
Arctic animals
This is a whole language lesson for Speech Language Pathologists incorporating listening comprehension, categorizing, following verbal directions, and basic vocabulary and language concepts for First grade students.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts and Science)
By Susan Ayers.
Career vocabulary
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.1
In this lesson for grade seven, students will become familiar with vocabulary related to careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Anissia Jenkins.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Defining career vocabulary
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 1.6
In this lesson, students learn vocabulary terms associated with careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts)
By Andrea Fedon, Gail Frank, and Cindy Neininger.
"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)
Fairy tales
This lesson will begin a unit on fairy tales for young learners. It will begin with assessing what first graders know about fairy tales. Children will learn about the original version of The Three Little Pigs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Audra Penrod and Vivian Lages.
Flying high with hot air balloons!
This lesson plan, written for the Novice High Second Language Student, uses the historical fiction book The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr, to reinforce basic vocabulary and introduce new vocabulary while tying into many community sponsored hot air balloon events held in the fall.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Barbara Boal.
Hear it, spell it, see it!
This is an activity to help children develop visual recognition of basic sight word vocabulary at the kindergarten level. The words covered are: I, am, can, like, it, and is. This is a simple, quick activity that adds a new dimension to sight word building with the help of the computer.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Vickie Hedrick.
Learn new words using context
With guided practice students will use context clues to determine meaning of unfamiliar words in short passages. When students have completed the practice activities, they will read a newspaper or magazine article, picking out unfamiliar words and using context clues to decide what the word means. As a group activity they will share the article, the words, and their meanings with the class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–8 English Language Arts)
By Betty DeLuca.
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.
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.
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.
Rest in peace, dead words!
“Dead words,” by my definition, are words students “use to death” in their writing samples. As Language Arts teachers, we can generate a list of such words a mile long. Examples would include: pretty, nice, bad, a lot, and good. This cooperative learning activity is designed to eliminate those repetitious words by providing students with a word bank/wall they can refer to when given a writing assignment.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts)
By Cynthia Cook.
Synonym word bags
The purpose of Word Bags is to give students a resource for finding synonyms for overused words that they use in their writing on a daily basis. Students will fill Word Bags with synonyms for frequently used words.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
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.
Turtles are terrific
This lesson will engage the students in the study of turtle attributes and their habitats. The lesson will integrate science, math, language arts and computer/technology curriculums.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Science)
"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.
Understanding vocabulary in their own terms
This lesson focuses on vocabulary development. Students will work together in small groups to identify at least three to four unknown vocabulary words in a given passage. Vocabulary meanings will be learned through contextual means, previous knowledge and dictionary use. Students will then find a relevant way to illustrate the meaning of the word so that others can understand easily.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Arts)
By Christa Schneider.
Using bilingual dictionaries
This lesson focuses on learning to use a bilingual dictionary while acquiring first and second language vocabulary about language and grammar.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Second Languages)
By Carolyn Zuttel.