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Educational Resources - People of the Bison

Three Native Americans with headdresses are riding horses in the Badlands.

Episode Guide

Things To Do

1. Watch People of the Bison.

2. Complete Episode Quiz individually or as a group. (Note: The quiz has additional information and a related video.)

3. Student Glossary (PDF)

- Print the Crossword Puzzle (answers) and distribute it to the class.

- Guided Notes (answers)

4. Discussion Cards (PDF)

5. Class Activity - Traditional Use of Tatanka (Buffalo)

- Buffalo Arrive At Massive New Rosebud Range

Episode Script

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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.

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