- Discuss with children different characteristics of animals that could also describe a person. For example bears are strong and eagles are graceful.
- Tell the students that they will be selecting an animal to represent their family and writing about why they chose that animal to represent their family.
- Let the students share reasons why a particular animal would represent their family. For example: A duck because the family enjoys going on the river. A deer because everyone in their family can run fast. Etc.
- The students choose their animal and write the reasons that the animal represents their family. Have them come up with at least 3 reasons that the animal should represent their family.
- On the 1/2 sheets of green paper, the children draw the outline of the animal they choose to represent their family. It should look like an effigy mound.
- This activity could be done for an individual effigy, rather than an effigy to represent a whole family.