• 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?

Ellison Orr at Desk: Most of Orr's collections reside at effigy Mounds National Monument

An important figure in the documentation of Iowa's effigy mounds was Ellison Orr. Born in 1857, Orr worked other jobs while pursuing research in archeology. After retiring at the age of 73, Orr began a career as an archeologist spending the next 20 years conducting surveys and excavations.