Know Ohio

Know Ohio is a fun way to teach students about the history, culture, and science of the Buckeye State. 

Know Ohio is a regular segment on NewsDepth, an educational news program designed for Ohio students that connects current events to Ohio's New Learning Standards. NewsDepth provides an opportunity for students to explore the world outside their classroom and offers an exciting multimedia platform for them to interact and engage.

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  • Know Ohio: Holiday Lights In Ohio

    The first string of electric holiday lights was created by the inventor of the light bulb, Ohio Inventor, Thomas Edison.  One of Ohio's first public displays of holiday lighting was in 1924 at Edison's General Electric campus in East Cleveland.  Witness how this display continues to shine each year.  Then, explore another Ohio holiday light display at a large water powered grist mill, Clifton Mills, in Clifton, Ohio.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Know Ohio: Invention of the Pop Tab, Traffic Signal, and a Gas Mask

    The African-American Ohio inventor, Garrett Morgan, created an early version of the traffic signal and gas mask.  Inventor Earnie Fraze dreamed up the pull tab still popular on beverage cans, today! This video provides a look back to what inspired these inventions.

    Grades: 3-12
  • Know Ohio: Archeology Digs

    In Ohio, archeologists have conducted many digs to document early life and times.  In Sheffield, they unearthed an entire Native American homestead that is roughly 4000 years old.  At the Adena Mound in Chillicothe, a pipe was found.  It is believed to be an effigy (model) of an ancient American Indian.  The Adena pipe has been named the official state artifact of Ohio. 

    Grades: 3-12
  • Know Ohio: Fall Foliage

    Peak fall foliage in Ohio typically occurs in early October.  (Foliage is a fancy word for leaves!)  Learn what causes leaves to change from green to red, orange, and yellow.  Check out examples of  a map from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that tracks the color change each year.

    Grades: 3-10
  • Know Ohio: How Ohio's Cities Got Their Names

    Explores how some Ohio cities were named after settlers, figures in history, other cities from around the world or by incorporating words from other languages.  More unusual city names were created by local lore or the personal preference of the settlers. 

    Grades: 3-8
  • Know Ohio: Lake Erie

    Discover the geography, history, and purpose of Lake Erie, which is the smallest of the five Great Lakes, and creates the northern shores of Ohio.  Formed by glacier activity during and following the Ice Age, Lake Erie joins the rest of the Great Lakes to provide 90% of all of the water in the United States.  Lake Erie was named after the Native Americans--the Erie people--who settled along its shores.  In more recent years, Lake Erie has suffered from population growth, industrialization, and the resulting pollution.  In the 1960s, it was considered dead by environmental activists. Today, its water quality is improving as it benefits from the Clean Air Act passed by the United States government. Finally, it is an important transportation route connecting to the Atlantic Ocean.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Know Ohio: Ohio's Underground Railroad to Freedom

    An underground railroad is defined as a network of secret routes and safe houses set up by abolitionists. During the 1800s and the period of slavery in the United States, Ohio had the most active underground railroad over any other state. Explore Ohio's route and meet some of the state's most noted abolitionists.

    Grades: 4-9
  • Know Ohio: The Buckeye Tree

    The Buckeye Tree is Ohio's state tree. This video provides the scientific name of the tree, explains why Native Americans gave it the nickname "buckeye", and overviews how U.S. President William Henry Harrison used the tree and its nuts on the campaign trail.  Also, explores uses of the tree's wood and nuts, and warns of its poisonous nature.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Know Ohio: Toni Morrison, American Writer

    Toni Morrison is arguably the country's most celebrated writer -- and her story began in the Buckeye State.

    Grades: 3-8