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

    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?

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.