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.
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.
Thanks to graphicmaps.com for the state graphics