Indian Homes in Kansas
Guided tour — Kansas Museum of History, Topeka
How did people build their homes long ago without a Home Depot or lumberyard? Students will learn how Kansas Indians built shelters using only the natural resources found on the prairie. They will explore the museum gallery comparing and contrasting the construction techniques of a full-size Cheyenne tipi, a Wichita grass lodge and a model of a Pawnee earth lodge. At the end of the tour students will get to set up a tipi, go inside and "step into the past."
This tour addresses grade specific history and reading standards and provides pre- and post-visit materials to help teachers meet those standards. Included within these materials is Read Kansas! "American Indian Homes in Kansas" lesson. Teachers might also be interested in either of these educational resource trunks - "Indian Homes in Kansas" or "People of the Plains: Native Americans in Kansas".
- Benchmark 2, Indicator 4: The student compares types of shelter used by American Indians in Kansas over time (e.g., grass house, earth house, tipi, frame house).
- Benchmark 5, Indicator 2: The student describes how the physical environment impacts humans (e.g., choices of clothing, housing, crops, recreation).
Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (Common Core ELA):
- RI 1. 10: The student, with prompting and support, will read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.
Cost per student including museum admission: $4. One adult enters free for every 10 students. Additional adults pay the student rate.
Length of tour: approximately 75 minutes, with a maximum of one tour per hour.
Number of students in a group: for the best experience, we recommend approximately 20 students per tour.