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Online Educational Resources (October 2016)


Dear North Carolina Educators,

This month the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources would like to share with you a variety of online resources to help you in your classrooms. The resources below connect you to fascinating subjects without ever needing to leave your school. We are constantly adding more resources and opportunities, so please visit or sign up for regular email communications to stay up-to-date on new opportunities.




Explore the new ArtNC portal, a teacher website from the North Carolina Museum of Art, that helps you incorporate art into any classroom. Features include a large database of art images, ready-to-go lesson plans, and the innovative “concept explorer”, an art-based tool that makes lesson planning fun! You can also find lesson plans from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art to bring contemporary art into the classroom. Visit the NC Arts Council to learn more about A+ Schools Program in North Carolina. If you are looking for musical resources, the NC Symphony’s digital teacher and student books for the classroom include activity sheets and lesson ideas tied to the NC essential standards.



Would you like to give your students the opportunity to learn history from original primary sources? The North Carolina Digital Collections brings the State Archives to you with a searchable database that has over 90,000 historic photographs, documents, and other sources relating to North Carolina. Visit the Information for Educators page for ideas on how to use these primary sources in your classroom and lessons. Speaking of lessons, the North Carolina State Archives has developed a series of lesson guides for easy use. You can also enliven the past in your classroom with online videos on demand from the North Carolina Museum of History. Trying to teach early North Carolina history in your classroom?  Visit the Birth of Colony page to watch the Emmy Award-winning film about North Carolina's history from the arrival of Europeans to the end of the Tuscarora War in 1713, along with supporting educational materials for the classroom.  Browse other available resource topics here.




For access to all things North Carolina, your first stop needs to be NCpedia from the State Library of North Carolina. NCpedia is an online encyclopedia with over 7,000 entries and images.  You and your students can also explore past issues of Our State, one of North Carolina’s longest running and most popular magazines that dates back to 1933, and Wildlife in North Carolina, the official educational publication of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission that has issues dating back to 1937.  Don’t miss the State Library’s Educator Resources page for lesson plans and activities for you to incorporate into the classroom, and be sure to visit the Youth Services page for reading programs and other library resources available for your school.  




Are you searching for ways to bring environmental education learning experiences into your classroom? North Carolina State Parks has a variety of curriculum guides on their Educator Resources page to assist you.  The NC Zoo provides resources with an assortment of activities and lesson plans to connect your students to wildlife and wild places. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has both learning resources and online adventures to teach your students about the natural world.  Or give your students the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) through Sea Turtles and Climate Change with websites from the North Carolina Aquariums.


About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources


The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit