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

    Effigy Mounds

    National Monument Iowa

Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides

How to Use This Guide

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Effigy Mounds National Monument, in its commitment to accessibility, has structured this highly text oriented on-line teachers' guide so educators can view and print lesson plans without spending valuable time waiting for graphics to download. Where appropriate, graphics have been included to facilitate teaching.

Teachers can access information in one of several ways. To the right and also at the bottom of all screens, they can access lesson plans by grade level. These plans are organized by age level into 1-3 grade, 4-6 grade and 7-8 grade. In addition, on this page and on the grade level index pages, teachers can access groups of activities by clicking on subject icons. These icons, located next to activity names, indicate to which strand each activity belongs.

Finally, a glossary has been included for both teacher and student use. In the on-line version, a click on the term in the activity description page will take the user to the appropriate term in the glossary. Educators may also find it beneficial to print out the glossary for their students to use while doing the activities.

Park Operational Information

For operational information about Effigy Mounds National Monument, we suggest you consult our park's website for hours of operation, phone numbers, etc.

Information on How to Make a Reservation


Regional Background Information

The following pages are in-depth articles about topics pertaining to Effigy Mounds National Monument.

Prehistory Geology
History Ecology

Lesson Plan Activities By Strand

Archaeology Language Arts

[Index] [1-3 Grade] [4-6 Grade] [7-8 Grade] [Glossary] [Cover

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.