Social Studies

Published: 3/21/2014 10:41 AM
Elementary social studies utilizes the five subdomains of social studies (historical perspective, geography, economics, government and civics, and cultures and societies) in an integrated program which focuses on a different grade-level context each year.
Mission US
Mission US is a brand new multimedia project featuring free interactive adventure games set throughout U.S. history. The first game, Mission 1: "For Crown or Colony?" puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a 14-year-old printer's apprentice in 1770 Boston. As players complete tasks throughout the city, they meet everyone from merchants to soldiers, sailors to poets, Patriots to Loyalists. The game reveals rising tensions threatening to come to a head and, ultimately, players must choose where their loyalties lie. This website provides information and materials to support the use of Mission 1 in your classroom as well as Downloadable free teacher resources and materials. For information about the game, Kentucky teacher trainings and the Mission US teacher of the year visit www.ket.org/missionus or contact Teresa Day at tday@ket.org
Click on the following link to register and implement the interactive, historical adventure game in your classroom; http://www.mission-us.org/pages/about

Middle level social studies uses the five subdomains of social studies (historical perspective, geography, economics, government and civics, and cultures and societies) in an integrated program which focuses on a different grade-level context each year.

Three credits for social studies are required for high school graduation. These credits must incorporate the five social studies disciplines of U.S. history, economics, government, world geography, and world civilization. Districts and schools can arrange the essential content within the three-credit requirement to best meet their need.

 

  • American Origins and Branches Standards Based Unit of Study

    The unit contains 9 lessons and is organized around the question, "How do American origins and branches of government influence our democracy today”?
  • Civic Dispositions Mini-Unit

    Civic Dispositions Lesson 1
  • Civic Education - Standards-Based Units of Study and Lesson Plans

    Civic Education - Standards-Based Units of Study and Lesson Plans

     

  • Constitution Day

    This page was created to provide K-12 teachers and schools with resources for the implementation of Constitution Day activities and lessons.

     

  • Elementary Social Studies

    Elementary social studies utilizes the five subdomains of social studies (historical perspective, geography, economics, government and civics, and cultures and societies) in an integrated program which focuses on a different grade-level context each year.
  • Federalism

    The Federalism unit consists of 5 lessons organized around the question, “How does federalism support a democracy”?

     

  • Financial Literacy and Personal Finance

    The Kentucky Department of Education has created this web page to provide resources to all schools in Kentucky concerning financial literacy and personal finance. Financial literacy is incorporated in the Practical Living/Vocational Studies program, beginning at the primary level and continuing all the way through high school. It is also important to make connections between financial literacy and the economics subdomain of the social studies standards where possible and appropriate.

     

  • Forms and Powers of Government

    The Forms and Powers of Government is a unit consisting of 3 lessons (two lessons and a third optional lesson) organized around the big idea, “Students will understand that the structure and purposes of governments influence how governments respond to protect their existence and needs of their citizens”.

     

  • History of the Holocaust – High School Curriculum Guide

    Based on legislation passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 2008 (HJR 6), the Kentucky commissioner of education convened a work group (the Kentucky Social Studies Teacher Network) to review Holocaust curricula and the Kentucky standards to develop a High School Holocaust Curriculum Guide.

     

  • International Relations

    The International Relations unit consists of 4 lessons organized around the question, “How can I contribute to living in a just world”?

     

  • Kentucky Social Studies Teacher Network Products

    The Kentucky Social Studies Teacher Network (KSSTN), a multi-district partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, was formed in May 2006 with the goal of creating high school social studies curriculum and assessment materials that would be accessible for all high schools and districts in Kentucky.
  • Kentucky State Capitol Centennial Celebration

    The Kentucky Department of Education has compiled a list of resources for teachers to use in their instruction about the Kentucky State Capitol Centennial Celebration.

     

  • Legislative Mandate - Flag Etiquette

    The Kentucky General Assembly per KRS 158.175 has required that the Kentucky Department of Education create instructional materials related to the appropriate display of the the flag. This webquest was created for teachers to use in response to that legislative mandate.

     

  • Links of Interest - Social Studies

    Several links to organizations of interest to Social Studies teachers may be found at this location.

     

  • Religion Lessons

    In May 2000, after receiving a small grant of $1200.00 from the PERK committee, a group of educators created lesson plans over the summer that would be helpful for social studies teachers in grades eight through twelve, mostly in U.S. history or government.

     

  • Rights, Responsibilities and Duties

    Rights, Responsibilities, and Duties of Individuals, a unit consisting of 3 lessons, is organized around the question, “How are the rights, responsibilities, and duties of individuals critical to the preservation of American representative democracy”?

     

  • Social Studies - High School

    Three credits for social studies are required for high school graduation. These credits must incorporate the five social studies disciplines of U.S. history, economics, government, world geography, and world civilization. Districts and schools can arrange the essential content within the three-credit requirement to best meet their need.

     

  • Social Studies - Middle School

    ​Middle level social studies uses the five subdomains of social studies (historical perspective, geography, economics, government and civics, and cultures and societies) in an integrated program which focuses on a different grade-level context each year.

     

  • Social Studies Curriculum Documents and Resources

    Links to the Program of Studies, Core Content for Assessment 4.1, Combined Curriculum Document, Depth of Knowledge Support Materials, and Annotated Released Items.

     

  • Social Studies Links of Interest

    Several links to organizations of interest to Social Studies teachers may be found at this location.


     

  • The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial

    Beginning in February 2008, Kentucky, as the birthplace of Lincoln, kicked-off the bicentennial celebration.

     

  • The Kentucky Department of Education Social Studies Newsletter

    The KDE Social Studies Newsletter is a quarterly publication with publication dates in August, November, February, and May.

     

  • U.S. History ACT End of Course Alignment

    This document aligns the ACT Quality Core U.S. History End of Course standards with the Kentucky Social Studies Program of Studies for high school. This document is a draft and may be subject to revision.

     

  • Veterans Day Programs

    The passage of Senate Bill 47 in 2006 changed the Veterans Day requirements for schools in Kentucky. Formerly, all High Schools in Kentucky were required to devote one class period to the observance of Veterans Day. With this new legislation, all public schools are required to:

     

  • Voting and Elections

    The Kentucky Department of Education has provided this information to support schools in teaching students the importance of voting. These resources will allow teachers easy access to downloadable voter registration cards, election ballots and lesson plans that will shape Kentucky students into actively engaged citizens to support the Commonwealth.

     

Jennifer Fraker
Office of Next-Generation Learners
Division of Program Standards
500 Mero Street, 18th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2106
Fax (502) 564-9848