Students learn about different animals in the American West that provided clothes, food, homes, tools, and transportation to different people long ago by looking at images from the Autry Museum's collection. Students write a poem about their favorite animal.
CA HSS: 3.1.2.
CA NGSS: 3-LS4-4
Lesson and Resources
Student Response Sheet: Animals of the American West Lesson for grades 3-5 Fillable Student Response Sheet; Spanish
Associated Education Resources
- Webinar: Animals of the American West Webinar
- Video: Animals of the American West Tour Video
- Digital Gallery Tour: Animals of the American West Digital Gallery Tour
- Video: Cowboy Sounds All Around
- Lesson: Vaqueros: The First Cowboys
Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments
Whole Class In-Person Learning: Teacher models lesson with Bison. Students grouped by other animals, brainstorm things their assigned animals provided people (tools, shelter, clothing, food), create poster with images and present to class.
Whole Class Distance Learning: Teacher models lesson with Bison. Students grouped by other animals in breakout rooms and brainstorm things their assigned animals provided people (tools, shelter, clothing, food); group share out.
Tech Fun: Use flipgrid or another application to share out brainstorms on other animals and what they provide.
Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:
PHYLLIS H. BARBATO • MOLLY AND NEAL H. BROCKMEYER • FRANK H. COUNTNER AND SUSAN L. COUNTNER • DWIGHT STUART YOUTH FUND • EDISON INTERNATIONAL • DAVID F. EISENBERG • GEORGINA-FREDRICK CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION • THE KENNETH T. AND EILEEN L. NORRIS FOUNDATION • MAX H. GLUCK FOUNDATION • CHRISTY AND STEVE MCAVOY • ANN C. RONUS AND ROBERT E. RONUS • THE STEINMETZ FOUNDATION • VIRGINIA F. STEVENSON • UNION BANK • U.S. BANK