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Educational Resources - The Mighty Mo'

One boy and two girls are riding on a towable tube on the Missouri River.  There is a large wave in front of them and then are getting wet from water splashing on them.

Episode Guide

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.

-  Guided Notes (answers


4. Discussion Cards (PDF)


5. Class Activity - Capacity (volume): Gallon, Quart, and More


6. Class Activity - Density Investigation: Team Boat

Episode Script

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Tape Resist Art Project - Steamboat North Alabama

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.

A coyote is sitting in a wooded area.

Ghost Forests of LaFramboise Island

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.

Archival photo of the building of Oahe Dam. A large dump truck is dumping dirt and rocks near the water. Four bulldozers are moving the rock and dirt to form the dam. Two additional dump trucks are shown in the background.

Building Oahe Dam - 1948-1959

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.

Water flowing out of a large culvert.

Building Oahe Dam - Part Two

This film shows construction of the emergency tunnels used for floodwater release, the massive water intake tower upstream from the dam, and several other structures.

Arial photo of Big Bend Dam.

Building Big Bend Dam - 1959-1964

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.

Archival photo of a 1916 flood near Yankton, SD. A farm is shown surrounded by flood water.

A Meandering Past

One of the first floods to be recorded at the confluence of the James River and the Missouri River happened in 1881.

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South Dakota Standards

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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.

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.


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