Objective: In this activity, students can learn the geography of the state. In addition,
most major water topics are covered in the questions; therefore, children have an
opportunity to learn about a range of water-related subjects.
Materials: Game board, 1 set of dice, 1 set of Hydro-Logic! card deck (questions),
place markers for each item (i.e., beans, paper clips, plastic chips, etc.)
Background: South Dakota has a total of 9,937 miles of rivers and streams. There are
799 lakes and reservoirs in the state, totaling 1,598,285 acres. Groundwater is found in
aquifers and natural underground layers of porous materials such as sand or gravel.
93% of the drinking water systems in South Dakota draw their water from groundwater
For decades, Americans have used water as though their water supply would never fail.
In recent years, drought conditions have forcibly brought the need to conserve and
properly budget our water resources. Water may be commonplace, but useful water is
not always readily available.
For younger students: Teacher may suggest that the game board be colored by each
team. Teacher will need to make copies of game board and card deck prior to starting.
A recommendation would be to laminate each set of games for use at other times.
Two teams or more are necessary to play this game. A team may consist of one or
more players who will answer the questions to advance around the board. The basic
layout of the game is similar to "Candy Land".
Divide students into teams. If a team consists of more than one player, it will be
necessary to designate a team "captain" who will give the official answer to the
Play begins from the "Start" water drop. Teams throw the die to determine who goes
The first team (Team A) then throws the die. Team B chooses the top card from the
Hydro-Logic card deck and asks the multiple-choice question to Team A. If the answer
is correct, Team A moves their game place marker the number of spaces shown on the
die. If the answer is incorrect, the team marker does not move.
Each team has one chance to answer a question and then play passes to the next team.
Along the game board are spaces with specific instructions. When a team marker lands
on one of those spaces, the team needs to follow the instructions on the square.
The game is won when a team reaches the "Finish" water drop or when a
predetermined time has passed.
Contact the state Geological Survey and invite a hydrogeologist to visit the classroom.
Ask the hydrogeologist to bring topographic maps showing the state's water resources
to share with the class.
Divide the class into small groups. Show the students the state map and divide it into
sections (one section for each small group). Have each group construct their own
3-dimensional model of their section of the state, showing all the land masses and the
water resources in their area.
Social Studies, Science, Reading
SD Standards for 4th grade:
Observation, Identification, Interpreting
Prior Preparation: Students should
have some knowledge of the different
types of water bodies and resources
that are available in the state.
general water terminology