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All About South Dakota

by Mary Ann Kelley

State Facts

South Dakota was the 40th state to join the union. It became a state on November 2, 1889.

State facts about South Dakota

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

South Dakota State Symbols Games

Worksheets and puzzles for kids to learn more about South Dakota

A to Z Kids Stuff - South Dakota

Fun Educational Activities

The 50 States - South Dakota

From TeachersFirst. A comprehensive resource on South Dakota

Mr. - 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.

Explore the States - South Dakota

From the Library of Congress. Games and stories of America's past.

50 - South Dakota

Facts & Trivia about South Dakota - South Dakota

Unique tourist attractions and landmarks in South Dakota

Awesome America - South Dakota

Loads of fun facts, photos, and travel information about South Dakota.

South Dakota Map/Quiz Printout

H.I.P. Pocket Change Coin Coloring sheet - South Dakota

Created by the U.S.Mint, these coloring pages can be accessed through Wayback Archive.

South Dakota Virtual Field Trips

Custer State ParkCuster

Virtual field trip onlineFilmed in the Black Hills of South Dakota! National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Journey MuseumRapid City

Virtual field trip onlineThe Journey Museum takes you on an incredible trek through time, from the violent upheaval that formed the mystical Black Hills over 2.5 billion years ago to the continuing saga of the Western Frontier. When your journey is complete, you will fully understand the legacy of the land and its people. Planetarium on site.

More South Dakota field trips ...

Thanks to for the state graphics

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