KET Social Studies Resources

For the Classroom

Resources for Every Learning Environment

KET provides hundreds of thousands of free, easily accessible, online videos, interactives, images, ancillary materials, and more for teachers, students, and parents. We also provide many on-site and online professional development opportunities. To learn more, contact your KET Education Consultant.

KET Education

Find quick access to all of our education resources, updates, KET Media Lab workshops, and more on the KET Education homepage.
KET EncycloMedia consists of Discovery Education, PBS LearningMedia, and KET ED On Demand. These repositories provide resources across all content areas and are readily available to enhance every learning experience. To learn more about KET's Education Resources, click here.
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Kentucky in the Classroom

Take an interactive look at Kentucky, a state that is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Explore Kentucky's diverse geography and see how it has contributed to the state's extraordinary biodiversity. Learn from Kentuckians who have left their mark historically; visit the Kentucky State Capitol without leaving the classroom; and download stunning photographs of Kentucky plants, animals, and places for use in projects and presentations.

Mission US

Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games.

Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.

Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?

NEW! Mission 3: "A Cheyenne Odyssey," players will be Little Fox, a Cheyenne boy whose daily life is impacted by the encroachment of white settlers, railroad builders, and enforcement of the reservation system. The player will take part in the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Northern Cheyenne Odyssey, in which over 350 men, women, and children fled an Oklahoma reservation to their Montana home.

Other missions are planned for release in coming years.

News Quiz

News Quiz is KET’s weekly 15-minute current events television program for upper elementary/middle school students. The program consists of news segments, a current events quiz, “Letters to News Quiz,” and periodic “News Kids” features which may include reports submitted by students.

Special KET Collections in PBS LearningMedia

Now online—Arts Toolkit video segments accompanied by background essays, discussion questions, and activity idea. Check out collections on Integrated Teaching, Native American Culture, African/African-American Culture, Early America, Arts in the Renaissance, Japanese Culture, Drama Based on Historical Characters, Kentucky Appalachian Culture, and The Civil War Era.

KET Arts Toolkit

Teaching history and culture through the arts is an excellent way to keep your students engaged. The KET Arts Toolkit provides cross-curricular connections in the many lesson plans that accompany the four toolkits (one for each arts discipline). See your library media specialist to locate these toolkits in your school.

New! Beauty of Jasmine-Chinese music and dance concert is on PBS LearningMedia and is also an iBook .

The Visual Arts Toolkit: Arts & Culture section has been adapted to an iBook.

Little Rabbits is a new beautifully illustrated iBook that is adapted from a Chinese folktale.

A State Divided: Exploring the Civil War Through Images

A State Divided: Exploring the Civil War Through Images includes 75 images related to the Civil War in Kentucky, ranging from medals and photographs to portraits and weapons. This resource was produced as a partnership of the Kentucky Historical Society and KET. The goal is to provide images of artworks, artifacts, photographs, and source documents that can be used to teach social studies and arts and humanities.

Inspiring Middle School Literacy

These online self-paced lessons for blended learning are designed to enhance the literacy skills of struggling readers in grades 5–8. Each uses videos, interactive activities, note taking, reading, and writing to present students with an engaging science, social studies, mathematics, or English language arts topic.

The American Social Studies Collection: The Presidential Portraits

This collection is comprised of images from the Library of Congress, the Bridgeman Art Library, and the White House of each president of the United States.

Lincoln: I, too, am a Kentuckian

Are you ready to take the Abe Across Kentucky challenge? Want to know more about Kentucky’s most famous son, Abraham Lincoln, and his life and influence? Need Lincoln resources and lesson plans for your classroom? Lincoln: I, too, am a Kentuckian is the resource for you!

Kentucky's National Parks

Online Video Closeups for Kentucky’s National Parks include brief video segments and background essays on a variety of topics relating to the park sites, including important Kentucky history. These materials can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom. For each park, there’s a page including discussion questions and suggested classroom activities. There’s also a Video Closeup with suggested classroom activities on why parks should be preserved.

More from PBS LearningMedia

  • Life in a Native Kentucky Village - The scenes in this rollover interactive for grades 5-8, adapted from a mural at the Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site museum, depict typical village life of Native American Indians of the Mississippian culture. The village was occupied from 1100 AD until about 1350 AD.

  • Teaching the Constitution - resources that support teaching the fundamentals of the U.S. Constitution, grades 6-12.
  • Picturing America - exploring America's past through art, grades 6-12.
  • Kentucky's Unbridled Learning - PD for all levels and content areas.
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