• A quiet summer walk through the Marching Bear Group of effigy mounds

    Effigy Mounds

    National Monument Iowa

Bear Effigy Hoop

Bear Effigy Hoop

Strand: Art
Grade Level: 2 - 3
Duration: 30 minutes
Location: classroom
Objective: The students will be able to follow directions to create a project to remind them of their field trip to the Effigy Mounds
Materials: metal hoops (one per child)
prepared circles cut out with 6 - 8 holes punched in them, your choice of color
bear effigy patterns to trace (pattern)
assorted colors of construction paper for the children to use for the bear effigy
glue
scissors
yarn (assorted colors)
feathers (optional)
Vocabulary: effigy
Procedure:
  1. Direct the students to cutout the circle (it already has holes punched in it).
  2. They choose a color for their bear effigy and trace it -- then cut it out
  3. They glue the bear in the center of the circle
  4. They choose a color of yarn and cut off a long piece of it
  5. They tie the yarn to the hoop and then "sew" the circle with the bear effigy to the hoop by going through a hole in the circle then go around the hoop, go through the next hole, then go around the hoop until they have gone all around the hoop and through all the holes of the circle
  6. They cut off a small piece of yarn to tie around the hoop so they can hang it up
  7. Optional: They can cut off 2 medium sized pieces of yarn and tie them to the bottom of the hoop (under the bear). To these pieces of yarn, they can attach feathers of their choice
  8. Suggestion: Write the directions on the board for the students to follow

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Effigy Mounds National Monument

Did You Know?

Marching Bear Group

In the South Unit of Effigy Mounds National Monument, the Marching Bear Group of 10 bear mounds, three bird mounds and two linear mounds represent the best preserved group of effigy mounds present today from the Effigy Mound Culture.