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

    Effigy Mounds

    National Monument Iowa

Clay Pots

Clay Pots

Strand: Art
Grade Level: 1 - 3
Duration: 30 minutes
Location: classroom
Objective: The students will be able to create a pot with an appreciation for the Woodland Culture's way of life.
Materials: clay
toothpicks
Vocabulary: Woodland Culture Mississippi River clay
Procedure:
  1. Review or discuss with the children how the Woodland people make their own tools and pots for cooking and eating. Also discuss with the that the Woodland people got the clay they used for pottery from the Mississippi River
  2. Tell the students that they will be making pots just like the Woodland people did a long time ago
  3. Distribute the clay and let them explore how to form their pot
  4. After they have made a pot they are happy with, let them use a toothpick to draw designs or small pictures on the pot
  5. Set the pots in a safe area to harden






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Effigy Mounds National Monument

Did You Know?

Great Bear Effigy Mound Group

In 1880, Alfred J. Hill and Theodore H. Lewis formed the Northwestern Archeological Survey for the purpose of surveying mounds in the Upper Mississippi Valley. Lewis spent eleven field seasons in Iowa and was the first to map mounds in the present Effigy Mounds National Monument.