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

    Effigy Mounds

    National Monument Iowa

Why Is The Past Important

Why is the past important?

Strand: Social Studies
Grade Level: 2 - 3
Duration: 45 minutes
Location: classroom
Objective: The students will be able to write a paper stating the importance of an object or photo from their past and discuss what a person could tell about them and their culture if their object or photo was found by a person living here 200 years from now.
Materials: important object or photo from the students' past
lined paper
pencil
Vocabulary: culture history past present future
Procedure: Part 1
  1. Have a discussion about why the past is important. What can we learn from the past?
  2. Discuss why the burial mounds at Effigy Mounds National Monument were preserved. Why did they take time to visit the monument?
  3. Why is it important to study history?
  4. Discuss the objects or the photos the children brought from home. Why are they important to them? This discussion can be whole group or in small groups.
  5. Tell the students that they will be writing a paper telling:
    • what the object is or what the picture is of (describe it well)
    • where it came from or where it was taken
    • who gave it to them
    • why it is important to them
  6. Allow time for the students' to write their papers
  7. Have the students share their papers in small groups or as a whole class

Part 2

  1. Have a discussion with the students about what the object or photo that they brought to school would tell about them if it was found in the ground 200 years from now
    • What could we learn about you as a person about the culture that you lived in?
  2. Optional: The students could write a paper about what people could learn about them and their culture if their object or photo was found 200 years from now.






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Effigy Mounds National Monument

Did You Know?

Sny Magill Mound Group

The Sny Magill Unit of Effigy Mounds National Monument preserves at least 106 mounds representing the largest group of mounds in one location found in North America. The Unit contains two bird mounds, three bear mounds, 6 linear mounds and 95 conical mounds including a 2500 year old red ochre mound.