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

    Effigy Mounds

    National Monument Iowa

Poetry - Option One

Poetry: Option 1

Strand: Language Arts
Grade Level: 1 - 3
Duration: 20 - 30 minutes
Location: classroom or outside
Objective: The students will be able to write a poem using describing words to describe their field trip experience
Materials: lined paper
pencil
Vocabulary: Woodland culture burial mounds describing words
Procedure:
  1. To help the children remember and reflect on their trip to the monument, have them write a poem using describing words. The children could describe what they saw or sounds they heard. They can do this project individually, in small groups, or as a whole class.
  2. Brainstorm with the children some words that would describe their trip to the monument and write them on the board.

Examples:

Mississippi
Moundbuilders
Indians
Spirits
Spiders
Insects
Spring
Snakes
Itchy weeds
Plants
Poison Ivy
Iowa
Effigy Mounds
Effigy
Fun
Family
Interesting
Graves
Years ago






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Effigy Mounds National Monument

Did You Know?

Ellison Orr Map of Marching Bear Group - Effigy Mounds N.M. Collections

Ellison Orr was 92 years old when Effigy Mounds National Monument was dedicated. The Monument owes much to his accurate maps, and careful cataloguing of hundreds of sites and artifacts. Orr died in 1951, leaving most of his personal collection of manuscripts, artifacts, and samples to the monument.