I have been bringing my fifth graders to Cahokia Mounds each autumn for thirteen years. The students are always awed by the movie, "City of the Sun", and enjoy exploring the museum, especially when they have the opportunity to experiment with some of the games.
Over the years we have taken part in several of the educational classes offered by the Cahokia Mounds staff, and would highly recommend them to anyone visiting with their students. Our fifth graders have particularly enjoyed throwing spears with an atlatl, and learning to play chunkey. The highlight for the students each year is the climb to the top of Monks Mound. They are exhausted when they reach the top, but find the work is worth it when they see the view from the top!
Angela Leifeld, Rogers Elementary School
I have been taking my 5th graders on field trips to Cahokia Mounds for 25 years. We study a mini unit before going using materials from the center. The kids love the documentary, the museum, the class provided by the instructors, and the walking tour to the twin mounds, burial site, and borrow pit. We also investigate the stockade wall, climb to the top of Monks Mound, and race around Woodhenge. Because we have studied the Mississippian Indians, the kids are so excited when they see and hear what they have learned. We are very fortunate to have such a historic site in our area with qualified, friendly staff.