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Indian Homes in Kansas - Trunk Manual

Lessons and activities in the trunk are directed at a first grade audience, although the information and materials included in the trunk can be adapted for use with other ages. Worksheets, photographs, and other materials needed to teach the lessons are not included in this online version of the manual.

Lesson 1: Indians in Kansas Today

Setting up a miniature tipi

Explore the daily life of a contemporary Indian child living in Kansas through Cassie's Scrapbook, a nonfiction book. Expository text is used to explore aspects of her daily life such as home, hobbies, education, and the preservation of her Indian heritage.

Lesson 2: Building With Natural Resources

Sort objects related to Indian home construction into natural resource groups.

Lesson 3: Building a Grass House

Use photographs, objects and a "sewing" activity to introduce students to one type of housing used long ago by Indians living on the Kansas prairie. Sentence strips with picture clue cards reinforce ten facts about the grass house.

Lesson 4: Building an Earth Lodge

Use photographs, objects and a math estimation activity to introduce students to one type of housing used long ago by Indians living on the Kansas prairie. Sentence strips with picture clue cards reinforce ten facts about the earth lodge.

Lesson 5: Building a Tipi

Use photographs, objects, and a small tipi to introduce students to one type of housing used long ago by Indians living on the Kansas Plains. Sentence strips with picture clue cards reinforce ten facts about the tipi.

Lesson 6: Adapting to the Environment: The Kansa

Explore one way people adapt their homes to fit the environment they live in. Pictures and a map allow students to follow the Kansa as they moved to Kansas and adapted their homes to a new environment. A picture book illustrates many of the different environments on earth and the types of homes found in them. Students build a home from resources provided and then adapt it as their resources change.

Sentence strips for three types of housing.Lesson 7: Comparing the Grass House, Earth Lodge and Tipi

Compare the similarities and differences of the tipi, grass house, and earth lodge using a Kansas map, sentence strips, and graphic organizers.

Lesson 8: Read Kansas!: Indian Homes in Kansas

This lesson is part of the Read Kansas! curriculum series. Explore the connection between Indians in Kansas and the environment. Through readings, students learn about the traditional homes of the Wichita, Pawnee, Cheyenne, and Kansa.

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