||1 - 3
||1 hour with cemetery visit or 30 minutes without
||Classroom and cemetery (optional)
||The students will be able to compare burial practices between the Woodland Culture and our culture.
crayons or markers
**optional--cemetery to visit
||cemetery burial mound
- Discuss with the students that they will be visiting the Effigy Mounds National Monument and explain to them that they will be seeing a cemetery for a culture of people that lived thousands of years ago. We call this culture of people the Woodland Culture.
- Ask the students: How do we bury people that have died? Have a discussion and affirm all answers. Be sure to include the following points about our burial customs:
- we put the person in a casket
- we have a funeral service
- we dig a hole about 6 feet deep, put the casket in the ground and pile the dirt back in the hole until it is even with the ground around it
- we place a headstone where the person is buried, telling who the person was
- Visit a local cemetery (some children may never have been to one). Walk through the cemetery so the children get a feel for what the cemetery looks and feels like. While at the cemetery, have the children draw what they see with crayons
- Discuss how the people of the Woodland Culture buried their dead. Be sure to include all 4 types of burials. See Background information and outline on mound styles.
- Have the children picture what this cemetery may look like and have them draw a picture of it.