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You ever see an object in a museum or while out traveling which made you do a double-take? Curiosity Trek! tells the stories of historic people and events through the artifacts left behind. This series highlights more than just objects of significant historical value - also the strange and the bizarre! The people tied to these objects may be gone, but their stories live on through these artifacts!

Join host Andrew Davis as he travels throughout the Palmetto State, showcasing some of its treasures! 


Explore the fascinating world of prescribed burnings in South Carolina from the sky. Learn about the importance of these controlled fires, which are conducted on more than 500,000 acres of land in South Carolina each year. Discover how organizations like the South Carolina Forestry Commission play a crucial role in managing these burns to reduce wildfire risks, restore habitats, and promote forest health.  From the planning stages to the aftermath, these prescribed fires shape the landscapes of the Palmetto State. 


Magic, Rex, and Reva learn that thinking big is the key to unlocking a world of possibilities. Join the trio and their teacher, as they go on an extraordinary journey to Jim Hamilton - L.B. Owens Airport, where fun and learning take flight! Witness their confidence reach new heights as they learn the power of thinking big and embracing the champion within.



In addition to Episodes 1 "Grocery Store" and 2 "Bank," we now offer Episodes 3 "Restaurant" and 4 "Animal Shelter":


Laila takes us on a tour through the grocery store. Learn the difference between a need and a want in the first episode of KidsECON.


Join Ella, Laila, and Jayden from the KidsECON crew as they explore the world of banking and saving money. Learn the importance of keeping your money safe, how to manage it wisely, and why saving for the future is key. Get ready to embark on a financial adventure! 


Jayden and his friends from the KidsECON crew stop for lunch at a local pizza restaurant. Learn what's the differences between goods and services.


Laila and her friends visit the animal shelter. They learn about different kinds of animals and the costs of caring for them. The KidsECON crew also learn how important it is to support shelters through volunteering or donations.


The history of hot air balloons dates back to the late 18th century when the Montgolfier brothers, Joseph and Jacques, conducted the first successful manned hot air balloon flight in 1783. This groundbreaking event marked the inception of human-carrying flight technology, setting the stage for the development of aviation as we know it today. Fast forward to the present day, and hot air balloons have become symbols of joy and adventure, capturing the hearts of people worldwide. In Anderson County, South Carolina, one annual event not only celebrates the marvel of hot air balloons but also serves as an essential fundraiser for one of the most important charities in the community. Now, it’s time to reach new heights as we explore this spectacle from the sky! 

Carolina Cup | From the Sky

Experience the thrill of the Carolina Cup in Camden where history and tradition collide at the oldest inland city's annual steeplechase horse race. Held at the Springdale Racecourse, this event draws 30,000 fans worldwide. Learn about the rich history of steeplechase racing, dating back to 18th-century Ireland, and witness the excitement as horses race at speeds over 30 mph, navigating jumps from a bird’s eye view. Experience the Southern hospitality and tradition of the Carolina Cup and celebrate this equestrian excellence from the sky!

From its serene shores to its iconic landmarks, Hilton Head Island is a charming destination for anyone traveling through the Palmetto State. Join us as we soar above the Harbour Town Lighthouse and journey through time to discover this barrier island’s rich history. Fly through the branches of the Liberty Oak, a giant oak tree deeply rooted in the Lowcountry soil. Now it’s time to see how Hilton Head remains a destination where the echoes of the past harmonize with the beauty of the present.

Explore the enchanting beauty and rich history of Oconee County, South Carolina, from the sky. In this episode we uncover the natural wonders of Isaqueena Falls, where the cascading waters echo the legend of a brave Creek maiden. Then, venture along Highway 28 to discover the stunning Yellow Branch Falls, a 50-foot vertical cascade surrounded by majestic hardwoods and meandering creek bottoms. Dive into the intriguing story of Stumphouse Tunnel, a historic landmark that stands as a testament to ambition and resilience of the past. 

  • Riverbanks Zoo | From the Sjy

Explore the natural wonders of Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in this episode of From the Sky! Fly through this iconic attraction, celebrating 50 years of conservation, education, and family fun. Meet Maverick and Ranger, the rescued sea lions, and marvel at Bruce, the tallest giraffe in the herd. Discover the beauty of the Botanical Garden, with its 70 acres of themed gardens and over 5,700 plant species. Plus, experience the magic of Wild Lights, a winter event featuring handcrafted lanterns and engaging activities for the whole family. Don't miss out on this unforgettable adventure at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden from the sky! 

In this episode of From the Sky we uncover the history and facts behind some of South Carolina's most iconic attractions. Learn about the Peachoid in Gaffney, SC, a giant peach-shaped water tower that has become a beloved symbol of the region. Discover the story of Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden in Bishopville, SC, where whimsical topiary sculptures transform a simple garden into a work of art. Venture along Interstate 95 and you'll find South of the Border in Hamer, SC. 

Explore the beauty and history of South Carolina's Santee River system from the sky! Join us as we journey through this remarkable waterway, delving into its ecological significance, its role in shaping the region's history, and the diverse wildlife that call it home. From the beautiful Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies in the Catawba River to its majestic confluence of the Broad and Saluda rivers in Columbia, the Santee River system offers a fascinating glimpse into the natural wonders of the Palmetto State. Don't miss this opportunity to discover the hidden treasures of the Santee River system from the sky. 

Featured Content for May 2024 on History In A Nutshell Shorts

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.





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!

Knowitall Healthy! Topics


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.

Download the work here

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!

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. \

  • View our Military Observances collection and select our Wars & Conflicts collection for a history of each conflict.
  • 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.
  • On Memorial Day, we honor all who died while serving.


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!



KnowItAll Series features over 9,000 mobile-friendly videos, worksheets, and interactives for preK-12.

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Find topical content and lessons grouped together for your convenience.

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

KnowItAll Blog
Find featured content and helpful information on using KnowItAll throughout the month!

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