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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?

The first photograph taken at Rainier's summit is dated August 14, 1888.

The first photograph taken at the summit of Mount Rainier was taken at noon on August 14, 1888. Among the group photographed that day at the crater rim are naturalist John Muir, and P. B. Van Trump, one of the first two men known to have reached Rainier's summit.