Course Activities

Enrich Your Knowledge

North Dakota: People Living on the Land includes more than 100 topics based on primary sources from various archives and libraries in North Dakota, especially the State Historical Society of North Dakota.   For each topic, you will be able to choose from one or more activities that are predominantly learner-directed, requiring minimal teacher direction. Some of the activities lend themselves to independent learning, while others might be better used in partner settings or in small groups.

In addition to topic-specific activities, you will also find general activities. The general activities include an assortment of activities that may be used to enhance any topic.

The topic-specific activities include those related to the reading and corresponding primary sources (i.e., photos, documents, images), and here you will find the following categories of activities: Learning from Historical Documents (i.e., document analysis, data analysis, photo analysis, cause and effect, compare and contrast); Reading a Map; Organizing Data (e.g., charts, graphic organizers); Debate/Discussion; and Creative Interpretation (e.g., writing, poetry, music, plays, imagine if. . . ).

Since North Dakota: People Living on the Land provides a differentiated approach to teaching and learning, you will be able to select activities and assessments to suit particular learning styles. The engaging and useful learning and assessment tools will give you a chance to visually organize information in a meaningful way, as well as help you think critically and creatively for maximum learning.

All topic activities found in this course are based on what you should know, understand, and be able to do in order to get the most from North Dakota: People Living on the Land.


Topic 1: Geology and Time (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit I: Paleozoic to 1200 AD


Topic 2: Geology (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit I: Paleozoic to 1200 AD


Topic 3: Plants and Animals (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit I: Paleozoic to 1200 AD


Topic 1: The People and their Tools (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit I: Paleozoic to 1200 AD


Topic 2: Hunting (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit I: Paleozoic to 1200 AD


Topic 3: Trade (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit I: Paleozoic to 1200 AD

Topic Activities:

General Activities:


Topic 4: Housing (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit I: Paleozoic to 1200 AD


Topic 5: Life at Lake Ilo (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit I: Paleozoic to 1200 AD


Topic 1: Migrations (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit I: Paleozoic to 1200 AD


Topic 3: Ancient Villages (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit I: Paleozoic to 1200 AD


Topic 2: Ancient Families (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit I: Paleozoic to 1200 AD


Topic 4: Societies (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit I: Paleozoic to 1200 AD


Topic 1: Conflict among Ancient Peoples (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit I: Paleozoic to 1200 AD


Topic 1: The Three Regions of North Dakota (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 2: Climate (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 3: Boundaries (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 4: Fur-bearing Animals (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 1: Corn Culture (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 2: Horses Return (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 3: Bison Hunting (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 4: Explorers (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 5: Fur Trade (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 1: The Mandans (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 2: Arikaras (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 3: Hidatsas (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 4: The Dakotas (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 5: Chippewas (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 6: The Selkirk Colony (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 1: Smallpox Epidemics (1781, 1837, 1851) (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 2: Diplomacy, Trade, and War (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 3: The Three Tribes Alliance (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit II: A Time of Transformation (1201-1860)


Topic 1: Territory and State Boundaries (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 2: Newcomers' View of the Land (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 3: Devils Lake (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 4: Reservation Boundaries (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 5: Blizzards, Floods, and Drought (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 6: Railroads (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 7: National Forest (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 1: Territory of Dakota (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 2: Ranching (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 3: Farming (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 4: Federal Legislation (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 5: Bison Hunting (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 6: Soldiering (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 7: Urban Growth (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 8: Working on a Reservation (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 9: Industries - Coal and Brick (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 10: Hired Girl (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 11: Age of Automobiles (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 1: Families (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 2: Schools (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 3: Churches (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 4: Fairs and 4H (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 5: Poor Relief (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 6: Our European Cultural Heritage (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 7: Telling Our Story (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 1: U.S. Army in Dakota Territory (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 2: Sitting Bull's People (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 3: Law and Order in Dakota Territory (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 4: Statehood (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 5: Bosses and Reformers (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 6: Progressive Movements (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 7: Nonpartisan League and the IVA (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 8: Suffrage (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 9: Spanish American War (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 10: USS North Dakota (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 11: The Great War (1917-1918) (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit III: Waves of Development (1861-1920)


Topic 1: Garrison Dam and Diversion (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 2. WPA and CCC (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 3: Ghost Towns and Railroads (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 4: Missile Defense System (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 5: Energy (view)
Lesson 1: Changing Landscapes
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 1: Miners and Oil Workers (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 2: Great Depression and Drought (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 3: Agriculture (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 4: Manufacturing (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 5: Casinos and Tribal Industries (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 6: Women and Work (view)
Lesson 2: Making A Living
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 1: Youth Organizations (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 2: Cooperatives (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 3: Family (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 4: Communications (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 5: Sports (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 6: Relocation and Termination (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 7: Distance Education (view)
Lesson 3: Building Communities
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 1: Indian Citizenship and the Indian Reorganization Act (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 2: Two-Party Political System (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 3: The Experience of War (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 4: Judge Davies and the Civil Rights Movement (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 5: Modern Government (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)


Topic 6: The Cold War in North Dakota (view)
Lesson 4: Alliances And Conflicts
Unit IV: Modern North Dakota (1921 - Present)