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Educational Resources - Water and Dust

Damaged buildings after the 1881 flood in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Episode Guide

Things To Do

1. Watch Water and Dust.

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 - Inquiry: Heat Transfer Activity

Episode Script

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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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