Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides
How to Use This Guide
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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.
The following pages are in-depth articles about topics pertaining to Effigy Mounds National Monument.
Lesson Plan Activities By Strand
Did You Know?
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.