• 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?

Marching Bear Mound Group lies beside the route of the Military Road

Soldiers built a military road that eventually extended approximately fifty miles, connecting Fort Atkinson with Fort Crawford. The road — which passed through the monument's South Unit — was one of the first government-authorized roads within what would become the State of Iowa.