The Road Trip takes students on a virtual tour of South Dakota. Throughout the program students make “stops” at large, small and historically important towns in their home state. While visiting each town students learn town history, state history, and a healthy habit.
Healthy habits are tied to the town name or state/town history. For example, at Garden City we talk about eating fruits and vegetables. At Wall, which is famous for free water, we discuss drinking enough water. Games and activities are included to reinforce the topics discussed. While “traveling” students also practice map building and creative writing.
We designed the SDRT with 4th grade students in mind. Activities have been aligned to South Dakota and Common Core Standards for the 4th grade. In past school years, teachers have successfully adapted the program for 3rd-5th grade levels but also older students with special needs.
The South Dakota Road Trip:
- Compliments South Dakota’s 4th grade social studies standards.
- Incorporates health topics into standards-based curriculum in a fun and unique way.
- Gives students an opportunity to thoroughly explore South Dakota.
HKC activities and lesson plans have been aligned to National and Common Core Standards for grades K-3. Although in past school years, teachers have successfully adapted the program for the pre-school grade level as well as for older students and students with special needs.
- One South Dakota Classroom Map
- Teacher access to the new SD Road Trip website
- One Road Trip Travel Guide Workbook
The HKC has been used exclusively in South Dakota since the 2009-10 school year. From the launch of the program in 2008, over 37,600 students have participated in the South Dakota Road Trip. We are excited to now be able to extend the reach of the HKC to anyone who would like to participate.
Not from South Dakota? Contact us about getting a Road Trip program started in your state!