LEARN NC update: Thanksgiving, The Great American Smokeout, and The Walking Classroom

Greetings from LEARN NC!  It’s almost time for Thanksgiving!  As the days get shorter, remember to turn to LEARN NC for time-saving resources. Don’t forget you can always keep up with us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest LEARN NC news!

Teaching about Thanksgiving
Thinking about Thanksgiving? We’ve published a few resources that will help you!  Check out our Mini Page lesson. In this lesson, students will use a Mini Page about the first Thanksgiving to make an interactive book for the class.  Or check out our Teaching Thanksgiving lessons, resources and activities to help you bring historical accuracy, cultural sensitivity, and a broader context to discussions about the quintessentially American holiday.

Just published: A smoke-free me
According to American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US. Almost 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — nearly 1 in every 5 adults. To help address the epidemic and to observe The Great American Smokeout,  Learn NC has published A Smoke-Free Me. In this lesson, students will use the “A Smoke-Free Me” Mini Page to learn about how the heart and lungs work, smoking regulations in their state, and the harmful effects of smoking. Students will create an anti-smoking poster using their new knowledge.

The Walking Classroom
Learn NC has partnered with The Walking Classroom Institute to provide you a sampler of podcasts and lessons from the The Walking Classroom.  The Walking Classroom is an award-winning, nationally recognized, in-school fitness initiative and obesity intervention that improves health literacy and builds core content knowledge while addressing different learning styles. The method is quite simple: Students take brisk 20-minute walks (preferably outside) while listening to specially written and recorded content which is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Detailed lesson plans contain defined objectives, discussion questions, and comprehension quizzes for each educational podcast, so that when students return from their walk, the content can be effectively reviewed and synthesized. LEARN NC’s The Walking Classroom sampler includes ten podcasts with accompanying lesson plans and quizzes.

Common Core and NC Essential Standards support
We’ve published a guide to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics for elementary school. This guide provides resources for teachers, administrators, and parents to help them understand the content and intent of the standards, their impact on teaching and learning, and how students will be assessed on these standards. The guide explains the importance of Critical Areas to the Standards and includes an interactive graphic showing the relationship between the Critical Areas and the Domains across grades K-5.

Do you need resources for implementing the new Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards? You can browse the standards on our website. To find lesson plans and other resources aligned to a particular standard, click the “Find aligned resources” link under the text of the standard.

November professional development:  The European Union – An Introduction for Teachers
The goal of this course is to introduce in-service teachers to the history and the function of the European Union, as well as to digital resources and methods for student learning. By the end of the course, teachers will understand the EU as an essential part of European history, government, economics, and culture, and will be able to facilitate learning about the EU through use of technology. The final project is a standards-based technology-rich lesson plan incorporating online EU resources for each teacher’s class. Lesson plans will be submitted to the UNC European Union Center of Excellence for possible inclusion in the online lesson plan database. Go to https://ncelearning.org/course?courseid=108 to register.

This month’s Twitter chat: November 27
Join us for our monthly twitter chat on Tuesday, November 27 from 7 to 8 pm, hosted by LEARN NC graduate assistant Danielle Parker. You can follow the conversation with the hashtag #learnchat. This month’s chat will give our followers a chance to learn more about all that LEARN NC has to offer!

Listen with LEARN NC
Did you know that there’s a LEARN NC podcast? Each week we share information about how to use our site, our ongoing projects, and special events in the North Carolina educational community. Listen to the latest podcast by downloading it from iTunes U and subscribe so that you’ll never miss an installment.

Keep in touch
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