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

    Effigy Mounds

    National Monument Iowa

Mound Shapes

Mound Shapes

Strand: Science
Grade Level: 1 - 3
Duration: 20 minutes
Location: classroom
Objective: The students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of burial mounds of the Woodland Culture through the drawing and labeling pictures of the mounds (option 1) or by correctly matching the mound shape to the description (option 2)
Materials: Option 1:
paper
crayons

Option 2:
copies of worksheet
pencil or crayons

Vocabulary: burial mound conical compound linear effigy
Procedure: Option 1:
  1. After a brief discussion of the field trip to Effigy Mounds National Monument, have the children draw the shapes of the 4 different types of mounds they saw (as many as they can remember).
  2. Write the names of the 4 types of mounds on the board for the children
  3. Have the children label their drawings
  4. Share as a class and make sure everyone has the mounds labeled correctly on their paper
  5. The children could work on this project in small groups or in pairs

Option 2:

  1. Discuss the field trip with the children
  2. Distribute a copy of the "Match the Mounds" sheet to each child
  3. Have them complete the worksheet individually, in pairs, or small groups
  4. Share the answers as a class to make sure everyone has their paper correct
  5. Option: the children could color the worksheet






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Effigy Mounds National Monument



Did You Know?

Sny Magill Mound Group

The Sny Magill Unit of Effigy Mounds National Monument preserves at least 106 mounds representing the largest group of mounds in one location found in North America. The Unit contains two bird mounds, three bear mounds, 6 linear mounds and 95 conical mounds including a 2500 year old red ochre mound.