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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?

Winter snow buries the lower floors of the Paradise Inn.

At Mount Rainier, winter snowfall is typically heaviest between the elevations of 5,000 and 8,000 feet. Paradise, at 5,420 feet, receives an average of 641 inches of snowfall (nearly 54 feet) every year, making it one of the consistently snowiest places on Earth of those where snowfall is measured.