Learn more about Kentucky’s history and geography with this fun and engaging list of Kentucky unit study resources for elementary and middle grades.
Whether you live in Kentucky and are looking for a unit to fulfill your state study requirement or you’re working your way across the United States, this resource list is an awesome place to start your research.
This state unit study (and the free state study printable) is perfect for students in grades 3-8! They’ll research state facts and symbols, famous Kentuckians, and more.
Kentucky Unit Study Resources
In addition to the State Studies Pack I’m sharing below, you may also want to check out The Big Kentucky Activity Book which is available on Amazon.
Kentucky became a state in 1792 becoming the fifteenth state and the first state west of the Appalachian Mountains.
Ideas for Notebooking Pages
Whether you purchase notebooking pages or create your own, there are many things about Kentucky that your kids can add to those pages.
They can draw an outline of the state marking its capital and some of its biggest cities. They can also draw the state flag, the state bird (Northern Cardinal), the state flower (Goldenrod), and the state tree (Tulip Poplar).
I have a much more extensive list of books about Kentucky that you can peruse, if you’d like. But for the sake of being concise, I’m only listing a few of my favorite books about Kentucky here.
• The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills | This is a tender story about a resourceful mountain girl’s special coat that will touch readers with its affirming message of love and friendship.
• Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds by Cynthia Rylant | Lyrical prose and warm watercolor illustrations bring a “certain part of the country called Appalachia” alive for young readers.
• That Book Woman by Heather Henson | That Book Woman is a rare and moving tale that honors a special part of American history—the Pack Horse Librarians, who helped untold numbers of children see the stories amid the chicken scratch, and thus made them into lifetime readers.
Field Trip Ideas
If you live nearby and have a chance to visit Kentucky, there are a few places you should see.
• Mammoth Cave | I remember touring Mammoth Cave when I was a child. I vividly remember Fat Man’s Misery (a skinny passageway) and Tall Man’s Agony (a shorter passageway). You and your kids can tour the underground cave trails or stay above ground and wander through the acres of forest the park has to offer.
• Louisville Slugger Museum | Baseball fans will love touring the Louisville Slugger Museum to see how baseball bats are made. They’ll love bringing home their very own personalized bat, too!
• Kentucky State Capitol | Tour the beautiful Kentucky State Capitol Building to see the Kentucky Supreme Court room, the Senate Chamber, and more!
• Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace | See the log cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born.
No state study is complete without a look at some of the famous people that were born there. Kentucky has its fair share of important people.
• Abraham Lincoln | Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin in Hodgenville, KY. He was elected the 16th President of the United States in 1861.
• Daniel Boone | Daniel Boone was born in Pennsylvania in 1734. In his adult years, Boone spent much time exploring the land of Kentucky before it became a state. He made the Wilderness Road which ran through the Appalachian Mountains from NC through KY to TN.
• Muhammad Ali | Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, KY in 1942. He grow up to be a famous American boxer.
There’s plenty of science to be incorporated into a state study. Kids can research animals and/or plants native to the state. One animal that is frequently associated with Kentucky is the horse. That would be a fun animal to study alongside a study of KY.
More Teaching Resources
This challenging Kentucky-themed word search book is perfect for those who want to improve their knowledge and have fun during free times,road trips, waiting times and more.