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A Cultural Connection

People have a long history with both Mount Fuji and Mount Rainier.
 
Overview: Mount Fuji and Mount Rainier have oral and written traditions that chronicle their local geologic events. As these stories are read, students interpret and illustrate their similarities and differences. Students should note key vocabulary words, facts, figures, and events to outline the volcanic processes from the past.
Grade level:
5+
Objectives: Students will:
  • Identify human and volcanic activities in the past 10,000 years
  • Recognize the differences and similarities between the metaphors and other literary devices used to describe the mountains' events and volcanic activities
  • Interpret and develop parallel between the two cultural traditions
  • Understand contour lines and contour interval
Lesson Plan:
A Cultural Connection - word, 287KB
A Cultural Connection - pdf, 1MB
Materials: Flood, Fire, & Fury - Native American Stories of Mount Rainier

Did You Know?

Visitor exploring the former Paradise Ice Caves.

For many years, the Paradise Ice Caves were a popular attraction at Mount Rainier. Until the 1980s, visitors could explore passages within the Paradise Glacier which had formed due to seasonal melting of the ice. By the early 1990s, climate change had melted away the last traces of the caves. More...