PBS Kids

Through its commitment to offer curriculum-based entertainment, PBS KIDS provides shows, activities and support materials to both entertain and elevate children’s education. These free, evidence-based resources help build math, science, literacy and social emotional skills and can be utilized across a variety of learning models and environments. Much of the content has been contextualized for classroom use.

When reliable internet access may be an issue, PBS KIDS programming is a great option. All PBS KIDS series and apps are aligned to curriculum areas and specific learning goals.

New plan-ahead guides for PreK-5 educators are now available to help you plan lessons around a variety of themes through mid November. They connect to broadcast content on the 24/7 KET PBS KIDS channel and Learn Along Bingo packets, which include printable activities should your students not have internet access.

You can find the broadcast schedule for all of KET’s channels including the 24/7 KET PBS KIDS channel online. Programming is also available online at KET.org/live and through the PBS KIDS Video App.

Follow this usage framework to integrate PBS KIDS content into your lessons:

1

Access

Tune in to the 24/7 KET PBS KIDS channel, or check the KET broadcast schedule, to access high-quality, research-backed and educationally focused PBS KIDS content. These engaging programs are effective for in-person, virtual or hybrid learning settings, and can be easily integrated without the need for internet access.
2

Introduce

Pique student interest, introduce new concepts, visualize topic vocabulary, or explore social emotional learning strategies using students’ favorite PBS Kids programs and characters.
3

Apply

Demonstrate learning with printable, hands-on interactive resources for educators and families from PBS LearningMedia. Conduct experiments, complete activity sheets, and apply concepts using connected pre-made resources.
4

Assess

Choose 2-3 questions from the Discussion Question Cards or the PBS KIDS Shows Conversation Guide to guide discussion, assess retention or showcase learning.
5

Connect

Give students additional practice using content-specific interactive games found at PBSKIDS.org. Utilize extra features (such as the Creaturepedia in Wild Kratts or the podcasts in Molly of Denali) on PBSKIDS.org to further explore topics and concepts related to each program.

PBS KIDS Usage Exemplars

Social Studies (PDF), English Language Arts (PDF)

Need Help?

If you need a little extra help or inspiration for integrating PBS KIDS content into you lessons contact your KET Education Consultant.

Research

The Education Development Center, an independent, nonprofit research organization, found that “PBS content has educational effectiveness and a statistically significant impact on learning…constant across all subject areas and no matter where students learn… and whether the learning took place using TV, video, tablet, games, or handheld devices and other interactive technology.” Learn more here.