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

    Effigy Mounds

    National Monument Iowa

Wildlife Research

Wildlife Research

Strand: Science
Grade Level: 3
Duration: 45 minutes
Location: classroom and library
Objective: The students will be able to research and present information about an animal common to the Mississippi Valley.
Materials: library to do research
paper
pencil
copy of the questions to be researched
Vocabulary: Mississippi River wildlife
Procedure:
  1. Ask the students what types of wildlife live in the Mississippi Valley (eagle, deer, wild turkey, falcon etc.)
  2. Divide the students into groups of 4-5 and tell them that each group is responsible for choosing an animal (each group has a different animal) and researching that animal to be able to answer the following questions:
    • where the animal lives
    • what type of home(s) it lives in
    • what it eats
    • how they care for their young
    • size of family group
    • any other interesting information
    • visual(s)
  3. The groups prepare a short presentation to the class. Optional: Animal Scramble and Match






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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.