Interactive high-resolution South Dakota maps from the Department of Transportation
Things To Do
1. Watch Maps and Borders.
2. Complete the Episode Quiz individually or as a group. (Note: The quiz has additional information and a related video.)
3. Student Glossary (PDF)
- Print Crossword Puzzle, (answers), and distribute them to the class.
- Guided Notes (answers)
4. Discussion Cards (PDF)
5. Class Activity - Map Reading (PDF)
Episode 12 Script
Landscapes of South Dakota: Center of the Nation
On this page you will find educational resources for the Dakota Pathways episode called Maps and Borders. There is an episode guide, additional videos, activities, and more.
Television special about the South Dakota Capitol.
In 1890, the US Congress passed a bill that tasked the secretary of the interior with surveying the North Dakota-South Dakota boundary and marking the entire length.
Pictured above is the cane of John Todd, cousin of Pres. Lincoln’s wife, who was among the first to work for the establishment of towns and farms in Dakota Territory.
The Pierre-as-continental-center designation was first made in 1904 by Robert F. Kerr, a professor at the South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now SDSU).
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.