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    Mount Rainier

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Postcards to a Friend

Several Mount Rainier Teacher-Rangers writing postcards.
Several Mount Rainier Teacher-Rangers writing postcards during the 2010 Sister Mountain Workshop.
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Overview: Students document a field trip or virtual climb of Mount Rainier and Mount Fuji by writing a postcard to a friend describing what they have seen and experienced.
Grade Level:
6 - 12
Objectives: Students will be able to gather information, organize thoughts and ideas, and present their work to others.
Lesson Plan:
Postcards to a Friend - word, 49KB
Postcards to a Friend - pdf, 483KB
Resources: Postcards to a Friend Sample Rubric
Postcards to a Friend Suggested Books
Postcards to a Friend Suggested Websites
Postcards to a Friend Postcard Template

Did You Know?

The mountain's namesake: Rear Admiral Peter Rainier of the British Navy.

In 1792, Captain George Vancouver of the British Navy became the first European to sail into the Puget Sound. On the horizon, he noted a large, snowy mountain, known to local Native Americans as Tahoma, Takhoma, or Tacobet. Vancouver named it for his colleague Rear Admiral Peter Rainier.