The Bison Bonanza


Will the bison run free?

Many bison herds live on farms or fenced ranches. Some even become buffalo burgers.

Many groups would like to see buffalo herds run free.

What do you think should happen to the American Bison?

The Mission

Trace the history of the American Bison. Then, create a plan for their future.

The Process

Activity 1:

Find a reading buddy. Talk about what you already know about the American Bison. Then, read about them. Talk about the new things you learned.

Choose an option that fits your information need:

Activity 2:

Choose a time period in North American history. Write about the life of the bison during that time. Talk about the males, females, and babies. Where did they live? What did they eat? Who were their friends and enemies?

Activity 3:

Work with others to create a mural timeline tracing the history of the bison. Or, create a timeline using Tom Snyder's Timeliner or other software such as Kidspiration.

Activity 4:

Write about the future of the American Bison.

The Conclusion

Wow! You've done lots of work. Create a class book tracing the life and times of the American Bison.


Note: All photographs taken with a digital camera in Arizona and Utah.
Developed by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 04/02.