During this activity, your students will learn about the sinking of the Steamboat North Alabama on the Missouri River in 1870. They will also create a tape resist art piece using positive and negative space.
Things To Do
1. Watch The Mighty Mo'.
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 the class.
4. Discussion Cards (PDF)
5. Class Activity - Capacity (volume): Gallon, Quart, and More
6. Class Activity - Density Investigation: Team Boat
Clam Movement Missouri River, Yankton, SD
On this page you will find educational resources for the Dakota Pathways episode called The Mighty Mo'. There is an episode guide, additional videos, activities, and more.
Take a look at the historical story of the Missouri River.
The Missouri National Recreational River offers 100 miles of practically pristine river scenery.
American Island was situated between Chamberlain and Oacoma. The island, two miles long and a half mile wide, was known for its cedar groves, cottonwoods, wild berries, and birds.
Lake Oahe is a popular spot for anglers to try their luck catching walleye, bass, pike, and many other sport fish. However, Oahe holds another secret: salmon.
The Lewis and Clark expedition passed this island in September of 1804, calling it "Good Humored Island." Later, the isle was named for fur trader Joseph LaFramboise.
Zebra mussels are an invasive mollusk. Their name comes from the zig-zagged stripes on their shells.
Construction of the Oahe Dam, the film also shows a portion of the 1958 closure, which was accomplished in one relatively rapid, continuous effort over the course of just hours.
The Big Bend Dam near Fort Thompson is named for an unusual, horse-shoe-shaped bend in the Missouri River. The dam itself is unusual in that its embankment is curved.
Goat Island, near Vermillion, remains a pristine landscape on one of the few remaining wild stretches of the Missouri River.
"The story of the winter of 1880/81 has been retold in historical fiction, including Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter, as well as in local histories and folklore."
Vermillion, South Dakota, was among the first towns formed in Dakota Territory after the area was opened to settlement in 1859.