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.
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.
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.
Sawmills were built throughout the Black Hills, popping up in Rockerville, Rapid City, Deadwood, Hill City, and Hot Springs
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.&
Dakota Life Short: Building the Planter
Toymaker Harlan Van Meeteren describes planting a field with the operation and construction of his toy planter.
During this activity your students will participate in a hands-on activity in which they will explore their senses, including touch, smell, hearing, sight and taste.