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Images of the Past: Stereotypical Images Your students will participate in an activity in which they will contemplate stereotypical images and preconceived notions. Then your students will learn about Potato Creek Johnny (John Perrett) and a life changing gold nugget he found on May 27, 1929. The nugget he discovered was over four inches long, resembling the shape of a woman’s leg. The stereotypical images and preconceived notions activity should be completed before you show the students any images of Potato Creek Johnny.

Class Activity - This is an excellent creative writing activity. Have your students write their own “tall tale.” Inspire them to be creative while they are writing this. To go along with the theme, you should have them have the setting of their story in South Dakota.

How to Use directions

Step 1- Print out the guided notes and distribute to students.
Step 2- Watch the video.
Step 3- Go online and do the activity and take the “challenge” quiz.


Fourth Grade History Standards

3. trace the history of South Dakota with emphasis on notable South Dakotans such as Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, John B. S. Todd, Fred T. Evans, Laura Ingalls Wilder, James Scotty Philip, Niels E. Hansen, Gertrude (Zitkala-Sa) Bonin, Peter Norbeck, and Francis Case; impact of the gold rush; controversy over statehood; and Indian Wars and reservation life.

Fourth Grade Geography Standards

5. locate major South Dakota geographical features, such as the Missouri River; the Black Hills and Badlands; and the capital (Pierre) and the following cities: Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Huron, and Yankton.

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