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

    Effigy Mounds

    National Monument Iowa

Clay Mounds

Clay Mounds

Strand: Art
Grade Level: 1 - 3
Duration: 30 minutes
Location: classroom
Objective: The students will be able to create a mound shape they saw at the Effigy Mounds National Monument out of clay
Materials: clay
Vocabulary: burial mound conical compound linear effigy
Procedure:
  1. Review the 4 types of mounds found at the monument
  2. Tell the students that they are to create a mound shape out of clay. Let them choose the mound shape they will create
  3. Distribute the clay and let them explore how to form their mound
  4. When they are finished creating their mound, have them label the type of mound it is
  5. Set the mounds in a safe area to harden






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Effigy Mounds National Monument

Did You Know?

Ellison Orr at Desk: Most of Orr's collections reside at effigy Mounds National Monument

An important figure in the documentation of Iowa's effigy mounds was Ellison Orr. Born in 1857, Orr worked other jobs while pursuing research in archeology. After retiring at the age of 73, Orr began a career as an archeologist spending the next 20 years conducting surveys and excavations.