Lesson Plans

Motion and Design

This site contains all the information you need to get your class involved in the creative process of designing, building, and testing their own powered vehicle. These activities will expand their understanding of the principles of motion and design and their appreciation for the general scientific process.

Curriculum Author:

Carol Swink


Content Area
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Technology

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The Earth, Sun and Moon: Investigations for the Third Grade

The following is a set of suggested activities for a third grade curriculum unit on the Earth/Sun/Moon system. The goal is to provide students with an understanding of the motions of the three objects in the system and the way in which they determine the periodic changes we observe.

Curriculum Author:

J. Heffernan


Content Area
  • Math
  • Science

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LIFE: From Diversity to DNA

LIFE: From Diversity to DNA is a project that includes four middle school life science units designed by Jan Schuettpelz, Tracy Voreis, and Pat Shane. The project has been presented at the North Carolina Science Teachers’ Association Conference and the National Science Teachers’ Association Conference.

Curriculum Author:

Tracy Voreis


Content Area
  • Language Arts
  • Science

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A Day in the Life of a Protein

The goal of these lessons, packaged under the title “A Day in the Life of a Protein,” is to select an example that is not only real world, but also is connected to many of the topics taught in the course. The specific protein used here is Hemoglobin A, looking at the mutation leading to sickle cell anemia. Other proteins could be substituted into this model as needed.

Curriculum Author:

Laura Stiles


Content Area
  • Biology

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Water Quality: Issues and Solutions

The basis for this project draws from Dr. DuCoste’s experiences with water treatment and Dr. Powell’s experiences in pesticide monitoring of ground and surface water and pesticide regulation. The intent is to provide an avenue for students to experience how scientists study and develop solutions to environmental problems.

Curriculum Author:

Gail Powell


Content Area
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Science

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Drugs, Detectives and DNA

Welcome to Chemistry Applications: Pharmacology, Biotechnology and Forensics, a high school curriculum. Included in this curriculum are many lesson plans that are aligned with the North Carolina Chemistry and Biology Standards, in addition to the National Science Standard. Students will learn to be critically thinking, problem solving individuals who will relate science to the real world

Curriculum Author:

Pat Ligon


Content Area
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Forensics

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North Carolina’s Role in the Global Economy

Using contemporary research and real life examples, students will explore and investigate the impact of economic decisions that North Carolina businesses, consumers, and laborers make. Students will discuss economic issues of concern to North Carolina, debate the merit of certain decisions made, and propose alternatives for workers in North Carolina’s dying industries. The inquiry based research and application will allow students to broaden their understanding of North Carolina’s role in the global economy as well as their own role in the economy. A partnership with the North Carolina Council on Economic Education and National Council on Economic Education made this project possible.

Curriculum Author:

Susan Taylor


Content Area
  • Economics

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On Track Learning

4-H On Track Learning is a collaborative venture involving the College of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the Kenan Teaching Fellows Program and the Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences.

Curriculum Author:

Roxanne Moses


Content Area
  • Math
  • Science

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Sustainable Forestry: Promising Forestry for Centuries

In partnership with the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, the NC Forestry Association, and the Weyerhaeuser Corporation, agricultural education students will understand sustainable forestry practices and the forestry industry. Students will explore the pertinence and value of the forestry industry in North Carolina, while also learning skills that are used in today’s forestry industry. The agricultural education curriculum will also lead students through the exploration of forest ecology, tree identification, and the many practices involved with sustainable forestry and the forestry careers.

Curriculum Author:

Jodi Riedel


Content Area
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental Science

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Design Technology: Children’s Engineering

A paradox of education is evident when we say we want students to become good problem solvers but then we don’t give them good problems to solve. We give them instructions to follow, we give them projects to build, we give them experiments to perform but we know from the outset what results we want to see at the end. That’s not problem solving. Design technology is problem solving. And elementary schools should be doing more of it in order to improve problem-solving skills as well as to encourage more American students to pursue science and engineering careers.

Curriculum Author:

Erin Denniston


Content Area
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Technology

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Invention Convention

Invention Convention is an integrated project combining learning from language arts, science, and math curricula allowing students to apply their understandings of magnets and electricity by designing or improving an existing invention. Throughout this integrated unit, students will apply their science learning of magnets and electricity while utilizing nonfiction writing and applying principles of design. The Invention Convention is designed to accommodate the needs of accelerated learners in any of the content areas and to accommodate English Language Learners at a variety of developmental levels.

Curriculum Author:

Briana Corke


Content Area
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science