South Dakota was the 40th state to join the union. It became a state on November 2, 1889.
Capital - Pierre
Abbreviation - SD
Nickname - Mount Rushmore State
Motto - "Under God the people rule"
Song - Hail, South Dakota
Bird - Chinese Ring-Necked Pheasant
Flower - American Pasqueflower
Insect - Honey Bee
Area - approximately 77,121 square miles
Websites for studying about South Dakota
Worksheets and puzzles for kids to learn more about South Dakota
Fun Educational Activities
From TeachersFirst. A comprehensive resource on South Dakota
Mr. Donn has been online for as long as I can remember and he has one of the largest collections of social studies resources available. This is his collection of South Dakota resources.
From the Library of Congress. Games and stories of America's past.
Facts & Trivia about South Dakota
Unique tourist attractions and landmarks in South Dakota
Loads of fun facts, photos, and travel information about South Dakota.
In 1999, the United States Mint began striking a new quarter about every ten weeks to honor one of the 50 states—that is, five new quarters every year—until the program ended. The quarters were struck in the same order as the states' birthdays.
South Dakota Virtual Field Trips
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