Laura and Almanzo almost certainly saw the tornado near Howard, roughly 10 miles from their buggy ride path. (National Weather Service)
Things To Do
1. Watch Stories From the Skies.
2. Complete Episode Quiz individually or as a group. (Note: The quiz has additional information and related video.)
3. Student Glossary (PDF)
- Print Crossword Puzzle, (answers), and distribute to class.
4. Discussion Cards (PDF)
5. Class Activity - Snowflakes and Terminal Velocity (Science Phenomena)
Attack of the Tumbleweed
On the this page you will find educational resources for the Dakota Pathways episode called Stories From the Skies. There is an episode guide, additional videos, activities, and more.
During this activity your students will participate in a hands-on qualitative wind speed study using common household items.
In the summer of 2021, the state was so deep into a drought that it was easy to forget the situation was much different in the past. In 2019, widespread floods damaged farmland, roads, and infrastructure.
Early snow removal on city streets meant an investment in man and horse power. Roadway drifts were often simply smoothed over to make way for sleigh traffic.
There are some winter storms that people never forget. The January blizzard of 1949 and the March blizzard of 1966 are two such events.
Beginning on February 16 and lasting through the 18th, the storm dropped a total of 32.2 inches of snow in Sioux Falls, making it the biggest single snow event in Sioux Falls weather history.
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.