• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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Playdough Topo

An excerpt from a black and white topographic contour map of Mount Rainier.
An excerpt from a topographic contour map of Mount Rainier.
Overview: Students make a clay model volcano, and then create a topographic map of it. This lesson is adapted from the USGS Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard curriculum.
Grade Level:
5 - 12
Objectives: Students will be able to:
  • Recognize mountains and river valleys on a topographic map
  • Visualize how a 2-dimensional topographic map represents a 3-dimensional landscape
  • Understand contour lines and contour interval
  • Increase their spatial visualization skills
Lesson Plan:
Playdough Topo - word, 45KB
Playdough Topo - pdf, 414KB

Mount Rainier Contour Map
Mount Fuji Contour Map
Mount Rainier Anaglyph Map
Mount Fuji Anaglyph Map
USGS Playdough Topo Lesson Plan
USGS Topo Maps & Mount Rainier Lesson Plan

Did You Know?

Gobblers Knob fire lookout.

In the early 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corp constructed fire lookouts throughout the park to help protect the surrounding area from fire. Four historic lookouts still remain in the Mount Rainier National Historic Landmark District including Tolmie, Shriner, Fremont, and Gobblers Knob.