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

    Effigy Mounds

    National Monument Iowa

Poetry - Option Two

Poetry: Option 2

Strand: Language Arts
Grade Level: 1 - 3
Duration: 20 - 30 minutes
Location: classroom or outside
Objective: The students will be able to create a poem using describing words or phrases about the Mississippi River
Materials: lined paper
pencil
Vocabulary: Mississippi River describing words phrases
Procedure:
  1. Discuss the field trip with the students.
  2. Tell them they are going to write a poem about the Mississippi River using describing words or short phrases
  3. Brainstorm with the students some words that would describe the Mississippi River. List them on the board.
  4. The students could work with a partner.

Examples:

Mississippi
Majestic
Illuminating
Silent
Spiritual
Imagination
Soothing
Slow
Independence
Promise
People
Inspiration
Mississippi
Mississippi River
Important to many people
Slowly
Silently flowing
Into the Gulf of Mexico
Steadily flowing
Spiritually
In my dreams
People hoping for the
Promise of spring
Inspiring






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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.