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Virtual American Indian Homes in Kansas

Guided virtual tour — Kansas Museum of History, Topeka

Grade — first

Overview — Students will learn about how American Indians in Kansas built shelters using only the natural resources found on the prairie. They will virtually visit a Cheyenne tipi, a Wichita grass lodge, and a model of a Pawnee earth lodge. Each of these homes have similarities and unique features. Students will explore the construction of each and learn of the daily lives of their occupants. The terms nomadic and sedentary are also introduced. Worksheet provided when you register.


Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards (2020)

Standard #5: Relationships among people, places, ideas, and environments are dynamic.

  • Benchmark 5.1: The student will recognize and evaluate dynamic relationships that impact lives in communities, states, and nations.

ELA Reading Informational Standards (2017)

SL.1.3: The student will ask and answer questions about what a speaker says to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.

Fee — $30

Length of tour — 30 to 60 minutes to meet your content and time requirements

Number of students in a group — Unlimited

Registration and scheduling — Register online, or contact 785-272-8681, ext. 415; kshs.education@ks.gov. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Additional resources that complement this tour:

Read Kansas! lessons

Traveling Resource Trunks

Virtual Classroom lesson

  • Indian Homes in Kansas (coming soon)