• 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?

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.