Engaging Activities for Students
Questions for Your Students
1. The majority of the population lived in small wigwams.
True or False
2. The Hopewell people had a very simple life and did not do much trading with their neighbors.
True or False
3. The Hopewell used several unique materials that were “imported" or exchanged from other people living in areas far from Hopewell settlements. Which set of materials were all found in Ohio Hopewell sites?
A. Mica, Copper, Aluminum, Iron, Textiles, Pottery
B. Silver, Galena, Onyx, Obsidian, Turquoise
C. Galena, Obsidian, Mica, Steatite, Copper
D. Copper, Jade, Ivory, Gold, Red Ochre
Correct Answer: C
4. Earthworks built by Hopewell had different purposes. Circle all that apply.
C. Charnel Houses
The correct answers are A. B. C. D.
5. Up until now, no one tribe was connected to the Hopewell directly. As of 2009, which tribe is believed to be directly linked to them?
Suggestion for Activities:
Field Trip to some of the Hopewell sites in Ohio that are part of the historical sites preserved by the State. Check the Ohio Historical Website for times various sites are open from spring through fall.
While on a field trip, have students bring notepad and pencil and see if they can map out one of the sites and then compare it to other similar sites. Find out what each one was used for specifically
Assign a research topic to each student or have them choose from a list of materials given in this lesson such as galena, mica or copper. Have each student try to find out the origins of the material, who might have had access to it, and how it got to the Hopewell of Ohio. Have them trace routes that might have been used from the source, around swamps, lakes, forests,etc. Then have them decide how that object might have been used by the Hopewell. Some objects were used on clothing as ornaments, other raw materials were made into pipe bowls, pottery, or made into textiles. Have them decide if there was more than one use and more than one source for the materials.