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Educational Resources - East River, West River

Laura Ingalls Wilder Books

Episode Guide

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 (PDF): The differences between the habitats found in East and West River 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.

Episode Script

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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.

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