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Where the Buffalo Roam

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    Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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Where the Buffalo Roam

In this activity, learners explore the Great Plains. They use a large outline map (see related activity "If I Lived in a Forest") to trace the location of the Plains region and examine the types of natural resources available. They play "Name of the Game" as they learn about the importance of the buffalo and other animals to Native Americans of the Plains. This activity is featured on p.21-23 of the "One With the Earth: Native Americans and the Natural World" multidisciplinary unit of study for kindergarten through third grade.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
    • Earth's History
      • History of Life
      • Ecology
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Biodiversity

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Games
  • Literature
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Native American

    • Acknowledges this group's contributions to STEM
    • Uses inclusive images of people from this group


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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  • Free access



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