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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“ReOrienting the Veil" — A new online resource for teaching Islam
The ReOrienting the Veil website provides resources for teaching students about Muslim veiling practices in art, religion, and around the world.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living
Teaching children about the importance of a healthy diet and plenty of exercise creates a basis for a healthy lifestyle. These lesson plans for grades K-5 provide fun activities to get them started on this path.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Making the most of culture kits
Culture kits — everyday objects from the country or region you're studying — can bring your lessons to life. This article will get you started using culture kits in your social studies classroom and gives contacts for borrowing culture kits from programs at UNC and Duke.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Teaching contemporary Europe
We know how to teach Europe’s past, but what about the present? This article offers strategies and resources for teaching today’s Europe, using online resources from the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Teaching Latin America through film
This article offers teachers strategies for enriching student understanding of Latin America through films available free through the Consortium on Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. It suggests ways teachers can incorporate viewing directly into instruction through careful preparation and follow-up.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Teaching the European Union
This article presents the European Union — often seen as an "extra" in instruction — as an integral part of the government, economy, history, and culture of Europe. It offers background on the EU, and ideas for deepening understanding of the EU every time you teach Europe.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Teaching world cultures
According to the new Professional Teaching Standards, every North Carolina teacher must promote global awareness in classroom instruction. This article presents some general guidelines and specific strategies for global teaching.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Using EUROPA to teach the European Union
Finding resources for teaching the European Union can be a challenge. This article introduces strategies for using free resources available on the official EU web site, EUROPA, to deepen understanding of the European Union.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.

Resources on the web

Development Education Program
Tools and resources that help teachers and students explore social, economic, and environmental issues of sustainable development. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: World Bank
European Schools Project Association
Created in 1988, the European Schools Project Association's central concept was to have classrooms connect and create teleprojects. Through “conversation topics” classrooms from around the world can collaborate by e-mail or “virtual learning... (Learn more)
Format: website
Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program
Provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: U.S. Department of Education
GlobalSchoolNet
Use Classroom Conferencing, Online Expeditions, and other global connections to create authentic opportunities for students to interact worldwide. Use this database of projects to find and connect with other classroom teachers around the world; find interesting... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Global SchoolNet Foundation