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.
A new plan-ahead guide for PreK-5 educators (PDF) is now available to help you plan lessons around a variety of themes through mid March. 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:
PBS KIDS Usage Exemplars
Social Studies (PDF), English Language Arts (PDF)
If you need a little extra help or inspiration for integrating PBS KIDS content into you lessons contact your KET Education Consultant.
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.
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