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Indian Homes in Kansas

Placing the earthlodge model on the Kansas floor map.

Traveling Resource Trunk

Grade one

Students explore housing styles of Indians from Kansas using this traveling resource trunk. The teaching materials contained in the trunk include reproductions of Indian artifacts, photographs and drawings, models of three historical housing styles, books, and lesson plans. The lessons reinforce the use of natural resources in building a house, adaptation to the environment, and  change over time.

The eight, first grade, lesson plans emphasize hands-on learning and reading while exploring the topic of Indian homes in Kansas.  Students use scale models of three historic housing styles, reproductions of historic tools, and a large floor map of Kansas as they learn about the environment and natural resources related to each type of housing.  Sentence strips and picture clues reinforce information they are learning and provide the foundation for comparing the three housing styles.  A non-fiction book about a contemporary American Indian child living in Kansas offers an opportunity to explore change over time.  A math estimation activity helps students explore the size of an earthlodge. Setting up a miniature tipi allows students to experience hands-on learning about this housing style.  Students learn about natural resources as they sort reproductions of bone tools, buffalo hide, sinew, and more.

The items contained in this trunk make it a great program addition in non-classroom settings.  Youth groups find it useful in meeting badge or project requirements.  The hands-on components lend themselves to discovery center areas in museums and libraries. 

Indian Homes in Kansas Trunk

What people are saying about this trunk:

The trunk was great.  The activities were just right for first grade. - Joyce Swenson, Concordia

Read about it 5 years ago . . . have used it since. It's awesome. I love it. The kids love it. Thank you! - 1st grade teacher, Leawood

Loved it! We took pictures of the homes and wrote about them using an iPad app. - 1st grade teacher, Sunset Hill Elementary. Lawrence


Ideas for using this trunk with other ages and youth groups.

Kansas Curricular Standards Connections

Contents of trunk

Trunk manual

Trunk Specifications

Weight: 49 lbs.
Dimensions: 28" long x 20.5" wide x 15" high
Insure for $500 when shipping.

The Kansas Historical Society developed the Indian Homes in Kansas traveling resource trunk with major funding provided by the Westar Energy Foundation and the Kansas State Department of Education.

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