At Home on the Prairie
Objectives: Students will be able to:
Skills Addressed: Linguistic, Spatial, Intrapersonal, Naturalist.
Interdisciplinary Connections: Life Science, Geography, Art.
Length: One to two fifty-minute class periods per activity.
Materials: Internet access, poster board/large construction paper, markers and/or crayons.
Products: Journal entry, poster of a selected prairie organism, map/drawing of "personal habitat."
Content Introduction: Bison, also known as buffalo, were and still remain a crucial component of the prairie ecosystem. Bison also held a position of high importance within the cultures of native Great Plains tribes as a resource for the sustenance of their people. Students will explore the complex relationship between living organisms, particularly bison, and the prairie ecosystem through Catlin's eyes as well as in relation to their own lives. Students will also learn about the delicate situation of species protected under the Endangered Species Act.