Two Bison in a field

Animals of the American West Video

Resource Type
Grade Level:
Social Studies, Science, Art
Animals, Nature

Educational Video 

Students will learn about the animals of the American West and their importance to communities of people. This video focuses on the impact of animals of the American West and how artists of the region have depicted these animals and their significance in various works of art. 


CA HSS: 3.1.2 
CA HSS: 3.5.1 
CA HSS: 4.1.3 

Video Resources 

Video Student Response Sheet: Animals of American West Student Response Sheet  

Pre-Lesson: Students make predictions about what animals live in the West looking at images of landscapes of the West or a map of the West. 

Post Lesson: Complete questions #23, 24 and 25 from the video and student response sheet. 

Extension: Students choose one project from the “Activities to Do” object prompts. Students can design their own saddles and spurs, write poetry, record stories, and create drawings. 

Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments  

Whole Class In-Person Learning: Break up the video into two to three lessons: “Tools for Horses” (2:25-8:30), “Where the Bison Roam” (8:30-12:30), “Animals in Art” (12:30-30:00). Teachers can stop the video and class discusses the questions and completes the activities. For “Animals in Art,” teachers can assign students different art works to students to answer the questions, complete the activity and share with class. 

Whole Class Distance Learning: Same as above. For “Animals in Art,” teachers can assign groups different art works, have them watch that part of the video, go to a breakout room and discuss the questions and come back to the class to share. 

Links to Associated Resources 


Animals of the American West Video

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

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The Autry Museum of 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.

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