Rapid City 3rd & 4th Grade Tours

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3rd Grade Program - Pioneers
We cover the following school standards:

Standard: 3.H.1.1
Demonstrate knowledge of the obstacles and successes of the early settlers and in creating communities.

Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Connectors 6: SOVEREIGNTY & TREATIES
Federal policies and treaties put into place throughout American history have affected Oceti Sakowin people adversely. Tribes as sovereign nations have the authority to enter into government to government relationships. Currently, the relationship between each tribe, their state(s), and the federal government is not the same for each tribe.

For third grade, we do an activity called "Load Your Wagon: An Old West Adventure."

  • Students work in small groups and use problem-solving skills to pack their wagon for the trip out west.
  • Students use critical thinking and cooperative learning, digging deeper into the big question - what obstacles and successes did people face during the Westward Expansion?

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4th Grade Program - Lakota
We cover the following school standards:

Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Connectors 1: LANDS & ENVIRONMENT 
The original land base and natural resources of the Oceti Sakowin were under communal stewardship prior to immigrant settlement. Oceti Sakowin have a distinct and unique interrelationship with the environment that is essential to South Dakota.

 Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Connectors 2: IDENTITY & RESILIENCY 
There is variety and resiliency among individuals within the Oceti Sakowin Oyate (people) as identity is developed, defined and redefined by entities, by organization, and by people. A continuum of tribal identity, unique to each individual, ranges from assimilated to traditional lifestyle. There is no “generic American Indian.”

For fourth grade, we teach about Lakota culture.  

  • Students get a first-hand look at the tools and methods historically used by the Oceti Sakowin.
  • This is an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of culturally significant objects of study, like the bison.
  • Students also use creative thinking to craft art that tells a story, known as ledger art.

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Hours

The Journey Museum is currently in Winter Hours:

Winter Hours

(October 1st – April 30th)
10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday
1 PM – 5 PM Sundays

Summer Hours

(May 1st – September 30th)
9 AM – 6 PM Monday through Saturday
11 AM – 5 PM Sundays

Admission

All individual admissions are good for two days with receipt.

Museum General Admission:

Adults (ages 18+) $10
Seniors (ages 62+) $8
Students (ages 6 – 17) $7
Children 5 & under FREE with family

Groups (10+ people):

$7 per person

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.

Education Groups (12+ students):

$3 per student (all students 18 and under)
$5 College Students

Chaperones are requested. Special pricing will be extended to adult chaperones.

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.