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Animals of the American West Lesson K-2

Resource Type
Grade Level:
Social Studies, Science, Environment
Animals, Nature, Natural Resources

Self-Paced Lesson 

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 draw a picture and write about their favorite animal.


CA HSS: 1.2.4
CA NGSS: 2-LS4-1

Lesson and Resources

Lesson: Animals of the American West Lesson K-2Spanish
Student Response Sheet: Animals of the American West Lesson K-2 Fillable Student Response Sheet; Spanish

Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments 

Whole Class In-Person Learning: Teacher presents Part 1. Cut out Part 2 and have students individually or in groups match. Or have students walk around and find their match.

Whole Class Distance Learning:  Teacher shows a part of an animal. Students go around home and see what they think they could make with it. Share out.

Associated Education Resources

Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

Dean and Laura Beresford · Molly and Neal Brockmeyer · Vince and Colleen Caballero · Capital Group · David F. Eisenberg · The Georgina-Fredrick Children's Foundation · Christy McAvoy · Marleen and Bruce Rognlien · Robert E. Ronus · Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg · The Steinmetz Foundation · Virginia F. Stevenson · Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of the American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo.
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