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Cinco de Mayo is commonly mistaken for Mexico's Independence Day.

May 5 commemorates the miraculous Mexican victory against Imperialist French forces at the Battle of Puebla. On May 5, 1862, 2,000 Mexicans fended off the much larger French force of 6,000 men! This truly underdog feat during the Second Franco-Mexican War became a source of pride for the Latino community in the U.S. Mexico’s Independence Day on the other hand is observed on September 16- that day commemorates the Cry of Dolores in 1810, which initiated the war of Mexican Independence from Spain.

On May 18, 1980- The most powerful volcanic eruption in U.S. history occurred. Located in Washington State, Mount St. Helens blew its top, destroying every living and non-living thing within six miles of the volcano. The blast was so powerful in fact, that around 1300 feet of the summit was destroyed by the eruption and the preceding landslide. A massive cloud of volcanic ash rose 80,000 feet into the air- covering eastern Washington State in a blanket of darkness. Could she erupt again? According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Mount St. Helens is still an active volcano. While volcanic activity has been relatively minor since the 1980 eruption, Mount St. Helens could explode again during our lifetimes, but another eruption with the same magnitude as the 1980 eruption is unlikely.



Reconstruction Module 6 - The First Vote


Reconstruction 360 uses a 360 degree video platform as a storytelling device that lets the audience step inside pivotal Reconstruction events. By clicking on icons within the 360 video the user can access short documentaries that offer the perspectives of multiple characters, historians and descendants. Reconstruction 360 also includes lesson plans, curriculum standards and primary documents.

In this module, The First Vote, join a group of new African American voters at a polling station in Virginia in 1867. Black and white U.S. Army soldiers are serving as poll workers, since the state of Virginia is under federal military rule, and two Confederate Army veterans are not pleased.

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South Carolina ETV’s wildlife-focused digital series, What’s Wild, returns for Season 2 on April 27. The weekly, eight-episode series encourages viewers to explore the beauty of nature, showcasing unique creatures of the Palmetto State, from gopher tortoises to bobcats. 

This season, What’s Wild continues to take audiences on a journey from the mountains to the sea, uncovering the incredible wildlife and dedicated people who work tirelessly to protect them. From an abandoned railroad tunnel in the Upstate, to the maritime forests of the coast, viewers will discover the unique ecosystems that make South Carolina home to some of the most incredible creatures on earth.

Below is a glimpse into What’s Wild Season 2:

  • Learn about the misunderstood turkey vulture, their necessary role in ecosystems, and the man-made threats they face, like car strikes. Then, travel to the Center for Birds of Prey where its’ bird hotline takes in injured birds for care across the Palmetto State via a network of trained volunteers.
  • Discover the vital role of the Palmetto State's 14 bat species in pest control, pollination and seed dispersal. Plus a look at wildlife management's efforts to restore and research the population, including the devastating fungus they face.

Uncover the fascinating inhabitants of the maritime forest, including the elusive "big cat" - the bobcat. Bobcats are key predators of deer, but pesticides have threatened their population. Follow conservationists and government officials on Kiawah Island working to monitor and restore their numbers. 

What’s Wild is produced and edited by an Emmy-nominated producer Charles Dymock. In addition to What's Wild, Dymock also produces the digital series, From the Sky, where he showcases the beauty of nature and other marvels of the Palmetto State with aerial drone footage.

Getting their name from their burrowing behavior, gopher tortoises play a vital role as a keystone species in the sandhills ecosystem they call home. It’s here that we will see why these creatures have one the “dirtiest job” and explore the impact of significant habitat loss to the species and ecosystem. We’ll then follow a partnership between wildlife management and a university working to restore the gopher tortoise population in the sandhills region.

The season two premiere of What's Wild looked at a keystone species found in South Carolina’s sandhills. If you caught this episode, about the gopher tortoise who has one of the dirtiest jobs. Scroll down to test your knowledge!



Founded in 1711, Beaufort is South Carolina's second oldest city. Located on Port Royal Island, Beaufort is actually made up of 68 islands. At high tide, the town is as much water as it is land

Lake Jocassee is a 75,000-acre reservoir outside of Salem, South Carolina and is considered the jewel of the Appalachian Mountains.

Did you know that South Carolina should be the real Peach State? We produce more peaches than any state in the Southeast.


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At this time of year, our thoughts traditionally turn to proms, graduations and the start of summer vacations. Almost in an instant, this joyous, celebratory time of year can become a time of immense heartbreak and tragedy when a young person’s life is taken all too soon, as a result of risky behavior or inexperience.  South Carolina ETV encourages you to influence a teen in your life, age 14 or above, to view Keep It Real and consider the possibility that such a tragedy could occur in their life or the life of a friend or family member. These videos offer a reality check that may serve as a valuable lesson in avoiding risky behavior. But it won’t work unless they actually view them! Please encourage teens in your life to do so and give them fair warning that the videos are difficult to watch.

Now is a great time to consider small steps we can all take toward being more physically fit and eating healthier foods! View the resources here and make the changes that you can—even in small increments. It all adds up to a healthier you! These videos are inspiring! Take a look!

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Smart Cat

The official mascot for SCETV Kids

Smart Cat leads kids of all ages through exercise steps to get you up and moving. Here's your Smart Cat Seal of Approval. Stay happy and healthy, friends!

Lessons on topics including safety, getting a good night's sleep, handwashing and etiquette when coughing or sneezing, the five senses, character education, positive self-view, choosing friends, mental health, manners, handling money, and diversity and inclusion.

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Marcus Lattimore from First Choice Community Center in Columbia demonstrates fun and easy exercises that can be done at home.

Four key illness prevention tips are highlighted in English and with Spanish subtitles, along with the Wash Hands Song with Danielle Howle!

Twenty short videos that are engaging and fun to watch! This series helps to inspire young people to take the lead in living and enjoying a healthy lifestyle!

Be sure to view the Lesson Plans for Healthy Hannah's Healthy Choice Heroes!


Two of these short programs provide a fun, unique way to encourage middle and high school students to read for fun as well as for information. The other four attention-getting vignettes are designed to help students understand how to be safe at school, at home and online. School Resource Officers talk about what is the safe behavior in each situation.

Presented by the SC Department of Public Safety and ETV, these short programs are designed to provide a safety message to young students and may be used for older children, especially special education students.

Short dramatizations are part of the Partnership Training for Law Enforcement and Education course and can be used with students to initiate discussion. Teachers are advised to preview these videos for scenes and content that may not be appropriate for use in their classroom.

Students used their video and reporting skills to create short documentaries on healthy food, farms and gardens. Focusing on sustainable food production and nutrition, students made the connection between a healthy lifestyle and their education. Does sustainable farming or gardening interest you? How about the health benefits? Even a small garden could substantially change your life for the better! 

Youth Services, a SCDE Professional Development series, was coordinated by Kimberly W. Smith, Education Associate, Safe and Drug-Free Schools in SCDE Office of Youth Services.

Important viewing for adults who want to influence the children in their lives to Eat Smart, Move More!



May is Jewish American Heritage Month. View the Holocaust Remembrance Collection including:

There are seven overview sections. Each provides a short summary of a topic related to the Holocaust. Teachers can summarize these mini-lectures for their students or share them with more able readers. The overviews are intended to supplement the information in students' textbooks on each topic and provide a background for teaching the lessons that follow each overview. A Holocaust timeline and glossary are also included.

The Holocaust Forum was a collaboration between the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust, ETV, and the South Carolina Department of Education.

Trace the events of the Holocaust through the testimony of survivors who settled in South Carolina. Interviews are combined with dramatic archival footage for a powerful and moving record of the inhumanity that was experienced during the Holocaust.  Produced, written, and directed by Rich Panter, this program was nominated for a regional Emmy award. Closed captioning has been provided.

The South Carolina Social Studies Standard Corrrelations provided for each of the videos in Seared Souls: South Carolina Voices of the Holocaust may also be used with the full interviews in South Carolina Voices: Lessons from the Holocaust,

Watch the full interviews of South Carolinians who survived the Holocaust and those who liberated the concentration camps or witnessed the atrocities that took place. Transcripts have been provided.


Remembering the Holocaust: A Palmetto Scene Special 

Listen to the woman who found Anne Frank’s diary after the Secret Annex was discovered by the Nazis.

Experience and explore the University of South Carolina’s Anne Frank Center, the first of its kind in North America.

See the Anne Frank Center’s impact on students, educators and the community.

A special vocal performance by Cantor Rabbi Levi Marrus honoring the victims…and survivors of the Holocaust.


Provides an opportunity to recognize the importance of pets in our lives! View our Animal Lovers collection!


On Cinco de Mayo, we celebrate our Hispanic heritage! View the Hispanic Heritage collection!


May provides an opportunity to celebrate all who serve in these professions, whose efforts improve all of our lives!

View our Public Service collection!.

Find more resources on Government & Public Administration careers here. 

Lesson Plans include Introduction to Becoming a Firefighter Using Let’s Go! CAREERS and Eye Wonder: So You Want to Be a Firefighter!


View our resources in the Teacher Appreciation Week collection!


View our collection in the Health Science careers area.  


View our Celebrating Nurses collection in the Health Science careers area.


View the collection, which highlights the careers and accomplishments of many who have served in the legal profession!

Lesson Plans include: 

Discrimination in the 20th Century

Follow the Rules

Ruth and the Green Book

Traveling Southern Style: A Lesson on the Jim Crow Laws

SC Black Codes: A Lesson on Reconstruction Legislation and Amendments

Minnie Kennedy and the Civil Rights Movement

Tillman, the Musical - Understanding the Tillman Era Through Hip-Hop

Your Words Speak for Themselves


The Journalism, Broadcasting & Communications collection features Pulitzer Prize winners and well-known authors, journalists and broadcasters. 


Lesson Plans include: 

Forms of Weather 

Weather Condition Analysis 

Severe Weather Safety,

Cloud Types Lesson

Seasons Hurricane Hyperdoc 

Trees for All Seasons – Part 1: Deciduous Trees (Kindergarten) 

View more weather-related resources here.


View our Space Exploration Collection! 


Provides a wonderful day on which to celebrate and appreciate nurses.


  • Mother's Day

As we celebrate, honor, and pay tribute to our mothers on Mother's Day, consider the contributions made by women throughout history.

View the stories of women who are currently influencing our lives in positive ways!



Find resources in these collections for: 


Explore more of our Collections here! 

Lesson Plans on Birds, in general, are available here: 

Lesson Plans on Endangered Species include:


We honor those who have chosen to commit themselves to careers in education and celebrate them on: 

In this month in which we show appreciation for our educators, we encourage everyone—at every age—to honor their teachers by committing to learning something new every day! For starters, visit our May Factoids!


KnowItAll includes resources related to Health and Fitness including: 


May is also National Military Appreciation Month, in which we honor and pay tribute to all who have served. \

  • We hope you will join us on V.E. Day and Armed Forces Day in honoring all who currently serve and all who have served, both active and former, in the reserves, National Guard or on active duty, including the Coast Guard.


View the full list of observances for May in our May Factoids! Factoids for the full year are available here.

We have resources on numerous topics and invite you to explore them all to find the content that is most helpful to YOU!




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Curriculum and Lesson Plans
Visit our Educators page for Lessons and Outcomes, and view our Featured Lessons. All lessons have been created and vetted to address the South Carolina State Department of Education's academic standards and include cross-curricular activities, lesson progressions, assessments, and all the media and content links needed to teach the standards down to their indicators. 

KnowiItAll Factoids by the Month
Visit our May Factoids. You may be surprised at what you’ll find! Factoids for the FULL YEAR are available here

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