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 (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.
Dakota Life: A Grain of Hope
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.
A house nestled in the Missouri River bluffs is Clay County's oldest dwelling.
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.
Rural electrification changed life on farms in South Dakota, especially those involved in dairy and poultry production.
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.
Bear photos from the Rapid City area are getting attention on social media. This year the number of sightings is up.
That’s a familiar sight in South Dakota. But there’s something different about this tractor. The cab is empty.