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All About South Dakota

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

South Dakota State Quarters Coloring Pages

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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