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Indian Homes in Kansas Traveling Trunk

Placing the earthlodge model on the Kansas floor map.

Grades one and seven

First grade students explore housing styles of Plains Indians through the use of reproductions of American Indian artifacts, photographs and drawings, maps, scale models of three historical housing styles, and books. Lessons reinforce the use of natural resources, adaptation to the environment, and  change over time.

Seventh grade students conduct primary source research about the buffalo's place in the daily life of the Plains Indians using objects and ethnographies. They can compare their findings by examining diary entries made by a buffalo hunter. Students then use what they learned to predict the  affect the disappearance of the buffalo would have on both groups.


What people are saying about this trunk:

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

Indian Homes in Kansas Trunk

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

Contents of trunk

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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