A simple density activity that shows items can sink or float in materials other than water.
Things To Do
1. Watch East River, West River.
2. Complete Episode Quiz individually or as a group. (Note: The quiz has additional information and related video.)
3. Student Glossary (PDF)
4. Discussion Cards (PDF)
5. Class Activity - That's Not My Habitat: The differences between the habitats found in the East and West Rivers are immense, resulting in a diverse population of plants and animals across South Dakota. During this activity, your students will participate in a hands-on observation and habitat challenge.
6. Class Activity - Tissue Paper Mural - Corn Palace: During this activity, your students will learn about the world’s only Corn Palace. Then, they will complete an activity in which they will create or recreate a Corn Palace mural using tissue paper.
- Corn in South Dakota - Pop from the Past
Over South Dakota | SDPB Documentary
On this page you will find educational resources for the Dakota Pathways episode called East River, West River. There is an episode guide, additional videos, activities, and more.
View examples of Harvey Dunn's prairie paintings, then create a local landscape painting to display in the classroom.
Your students will participate in a hands-on activity in which they will explore their senses, including touch, smell, hearing, sight, and taste.
Take a look at sugar and wool production, ranching, the Orman Dam, and more.
This archival video shows the steps in milk processing from intake through bottling.
Images of the past
Your students will learn about a medical device called the iron lung, which was used to treat many polio patients.
Clovers and natural prairie make South Dakota an ideal place for honeybees to thrive, but dry conditions and habitat loss are making it difficult to produce honey. (Image - Deep Creek Honey)
Here's a list of fire lookouts — some are active, some are open to the public, others are not — how to get there, and what you'll see.
The rush of European settlers entering Dakota territory after the Civil War included all kinds of people hoping for a fresh start, and not all of those people had roots in Europe.
Most South Dakota farmers grow and sell commodity crops like corn and soybeans, which they sell to processors. But a Brown County farmer has decided to cut out the middleman.
What makes the Forestburg, South Dakota, area a great place to raise melons?
In this classic SDPB Dakota Life clip, we ask the question, why does the Forestburg area have ideal conditions to raise produce?
Most round barns were built in the East River area. Round barns arrived to the West River late in their heyday, and only a handful were ever built west of the 100th Meridian.
Dakota Life Short: Building the Planter
Toymaker Harlan Van Meeteren describes planting a field with the operation and construction of his toy planter.
Hemp is a non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana. Yet for decades, officials resisted legalizing hemp. That changed when a bill was signed authorizing production of the crop.
That’s a familiar sight in South Dakota. But there’s something different about this tractor. The cab is empty.
South Dakota Standards
South Dakota academic content standards serve as expectations for what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade. The review, revision, development, and feedback process involves stakeholders throughout the state of South Dakota and is an ongoing and critical component to ensure South Dakota students in every classroom receive current and relevant learning experiences. The goal is that all students will graduate college, career, and life ready.
Content standards are set by the South Dakota Board of Education Standards. They are reviewed every five to seven years. Content standards do not mandate a specific curriculum.