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Finding Similarities and Differences

Japanese teachers from the 2010 Sister Mountain Workshop in front of Reflection Lake and Mount Rainier.
Japanese teachers from the 2010 Sister Mountain Workshop in front of Reflection Lake and Mount Rainier.
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Overview: Mount Fuji (Fuji-san in Japanese), which is the tallest mountain in Japan, has been a sister mountain of Mount Rainier since April 30, 1936. Both of the mountains have similar and different characteristics in types of volcanoes, ecosystems, culture, and history. The students will explore these similarities and differences through presentations, research, and videos of both mountains.
Grade Level:
9 - 12
Objectives: Students will be able to:
  • Recognize that the sister mountains have similar and different characteristics.
  • Understand biological and cultural characteristics of Mount Rainier.
  • Develop sister mountain friendship by exchanging information.
Lesson Plan:
Finding Similarities - word, 41KB
Finding Similarities - pdf, 610KB
Resources: Finding Similarities Mount Fuji Pre-Write Check Sheet
Finding Similarities Mount Fuji Q&A
Finding Similarities Student Comparison Sheet
Finding Similarities Student Comparison Answer Key
Fire & Ice Powerpoint: Mount Rainier & Mount Fuji Geologic Overview
Geology of Mount Rainier Powerpoint

Did You Know?

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The Paradise meadows were once home to a golf course, rope tows for skiers, an auto campground, and rows of tent cabins. All of these activities damaged the meadows, as does walking off-trail. Management practices have changed over the years, and we now protect and restore our precious subalpine meadows.