5th Grade Government and Civics

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Discovery Education and PBS LearningMedia are digital repositories within KET Encyclomedia which house digital media resources for all grade levels and content areas. These resources include video, audio, interactives, lesson plans, images, documents, and more. Access to these repositories is provided at no cost to Kentucky K-12 public school teachers.


The following resources are a small sampling of those available within each service. Discovery Education houses nearly 150,000 resources and PBS LearningMedia houses a growing collection of nearly 50,000 high quality digital resources. Assets within the services are aligned to Common Core and National Standards.


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The Constitution

Teachers can use the documents and sound files in this primary sources toolkit, The Constitution, to help students experience the four-month process of secret argument, debate and compromise that produced the Constitution of the United States. Students can view the documents, recorded notes and personal reflections of the delegates. They can read news reviews of the time. They can study a map and image of the places where these historic events occurred and can view paintings of the people involved in these events. They can view a chart, a broadside, the song lyrics and a graphical cover for a musical score. They can even listen to the words of later statesmen whose speeches record their beliefs about the duties of government and about being a U.S. citizen. (PBS LearningMedia)

The Constitution and Constitution Day: A Beginner's Guide

The Constitution and Constitution Day: A Beginner's Guide. Jeffrey and Lilly, along with their intelligent dog Mr. Beanbody, travel back in time to learn about the United States Constitution. Along the way, they explore the three branches of United States government and the Bill of Rights. Mr. Beanbody goes on to explain the origins of Constitution Day, a national holiday celebrated in communities across the United States. (Discovery Education)

Kentucky Capitol Resources

The resources in this gallery, Kentucky Capitol Resources, are part of a larger collection of digital interactive media resources developed by KET for the Capitol Education Center in Frankfort, Kentucky. This growing media gallery includes civics resources and resources related to Kentucky's Capitol Building and the history of the Old Capitol that still stands in Frankfort. (PBS LearningMedia)

Liberty's Kids: "We the People"

"We the People." How our nation’s Constitution and first government were forged during these trying times and laid the foundations for an innovative compromise on legislative representation. (Discovery Education)

Lodge McCammon Songs: The Bill of Rights

Lodge McCammon Songs: The Bill of Rights. Summarizes the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, or the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. (Discovery Education)

Lodge McCammon Songs: We the People

Lodge McCammon Songs: We the People. Explains the Preamble and Articles I, II, and III of the U.S. Constitution. (Discovery Education)

The Powers of Government

In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, The Powers of Government, students learn about the three branches of the United States government. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore a social studies focus on the powers that the Constitution assigns to each branch—legislative, executive, and judicial—and how the three branches work together. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities. (PBS LearningMedia)

Presidential Portraits

This collection, Presidential Portraits, is comprised of images from the Library of Congress, the Bridgeman Art Library, and the White House of each president of the United States. (PBS LearningMedia)

Teacher and the Rockbots: Bill of Rights

Teacher and the Rockbots: Bill of Rights. Investigates the first ten amendments of the U.S. Constitution and highlights the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. (Discovery Education)

Teacher and the Rockbots: Branches of Government

Teacher and the Rockbots: Branches of Government. Sings along with Teacher and the Rockbots and outlines the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of American government. (Discovery Education)

Teaching the Constitution

This collection, Teaching the Constitution, includes resources that support teaching the fundamentals of the U.S. Constitution. Students will understand the issues involved in the creation and ratification of the United States Constitution, the new government it established, and its continuing significance. (PBS LearningMedia)

How Does Government Affect Me?

How Does Government Affect Me? In its simplest form, a government determines the way in which a country, state, county, township, city, or village is run. At every level, government makes laws that citizens must obey and creates policies about everything connected with the daily life of a community - whether that community is a nation, a state or the town where you live. Explore the town to learn more!

President for a Day

President for a Day. Wanted: Man or woman for top government position. Must have been born in the United States, be at least 35 years old and be a U.S. citizen. Duties include making speeches, talking to the press, acting as commander in chief of the United States military and making important policy decisions. Must like to travel, shake hands and kiss babies. Knowing how to compromise and get along with others is necessary. The job lasts four years with the possibility of renewal. Apply for the job!

Step Inside the Voting Booth

Step Inside the Voting Booth. You've probably heard your parents or their friends talk about voting. Perhaps they discussed particular candidates who were running for office or important issues that affected the way you live. Many people today think voting is the most important right Americans have. There are many places in the world where people do not have the right to vote. By voting, people can make sure that their opinion is shared with community leaders. If you are a citizen of the United States and eighteen or older, you have the right to vote in local, state and national elections. Voting may not be new to you, though — if you have helped to choose officers for a club or school government, you have already exercised your right to vote! Learn about the difference one vote can make, step into a Voting Time Machine, cast your vote, and see how you can be part of an election.
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.
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From the sweeping vista of Cumberland Gap in Kentucky’s southeast corner to the tragic Trail of Tears that traverses Western Kentucky, the Bluegrass state is home to five special locations that are managed by the National Park Service:

Inspired by the Ken Burns’ film The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, this Kentucky Life special takes viewers on a journey through Kentucky’s national park lands. Host Dave Shuffett guides you through their unique features and fascinating history. You’ll hear from Kentuckians of all ages as they share their thoughts on why these places are worth preserving, and you’ll see for yourself their remarkable beauty.

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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? KET offers a wide array of programs, educational materials and online resources.

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