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Nature's Ice Sculptors

3D models of Mount Rainier (left) and Mount Fuji (right) compiled from satellite photographs.
3D models of Mount Rainier (left) and Mount Fuji (right) compiled from satellite photographs.
Overview: Students will research the effects of glaciers on mountain landscapes. Using what they learn they will then view images of Mount Rainier and Mount Fuji topography to draw conclusions regarding the presence or absence of glaciers on each of the mountains.
Grade Level:
7 - 12
Objectives: Students will be able to:
  • Use images and print resources to research and explain the impact of glaciers on landscape
  • Analyze images for information and recognize patterns
  • Compare and contrast patterns observed at Mount Rainier with patterns observed at Mount Fuji
  • Summarize the results of their research to predict the presence or absence of glaciers on Mount Rainier and Mount Fuji
Lesson Plan:
Nature's Ice Sculptors - word, 49KB
Nature's Ice Sculptors - pdf, 516KB
Resources: Nature's Ice Sculptors Powerpoint
Nature's Ice Sculptors Graphic Organizer
Nature's Ice Sculptors Student Worksheet
Nature's Ice Sculptors Webquest Student Page
Nature's Ice Sculptors Conclusion Rubric

Did You Know?

Northwest face of Mount Rainier and Emmons Glacier as seen from Sunrise.

Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states at 35 square miles of snow and ice with Emmons Glacier being the largest by surface area with 4.3 square miles of ice. The Emmons is best viewed from Sunrise on the NE side of the mountain.