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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?

The toe of Carbon Glacier appears dirty as it is covered in silt. Mount Rainier is in the background.

Carbon Glacier, on the north side of Mount Rainier, comes to the lowest elevation of any glacier in the lower 48 states at 3500 feet. It is also Mount Rainier's thickest glacier, one section being nearly 700 feet thick.