• 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?

Ellison Orr Map of Marching Bear Group - Effigy Mounds N.M. Collections

Ellison Orr was 92 years old when Effigy Mounds National Monument was dedicated. The Monument owes much to his accurate maps, and careful cataloguing of hundreds of sites and artifacts. Orr died in 1951, leaving most of his personal collection of manuscripts, artifacts, and samples to the monument.