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    Effigy Mounds

    National Monument Iowa

Mound Sponge Painting

Mound Sponge Painting

Strand: Art
Grade Level: 1 - 2
Duration: 20 minutes
Location: classroom
Objective: The student will be able to create a picture using mound-shaped sponges and paint.
Materials: sponges (pre-cut into mound shapes by teacher)
paint (various colors)
construction paper (white or a light color)
Vocabulary: burial mound conical compound linear effigy
  1. The students use the sponges to sponge paint on the construction paper. Optional: After the paint is dry, the students could color a background (trees, plants etc.) and Woodland people.

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Effigy Mounds National Monument

Did You Know?

Bird Mounds: Effigy Mounds National Monument today - is a sacred site to many American Indians.

Effigy Mounds National Monument is located in territory that was hotly contested by Indians and the American government. In 1832, the U.S. forced the Sauk and Fox tribes to cede land south of the “Neutral Ground” along the Mississippi River, which included the lands of the present National Monument.