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Creating a Sense of Place on Mount Rainier and Mount Fuji

A Japanese wayside about Mount Fuji partially covered by snow.
A Japanese wayside about Mount Fuji partially covered by snow.
Overview: In this lesson students study historical figures to determine how people develop a sense of place and how sense of place has led people throughout history to fight for land preservation and protection. Using Mount Rainier and Mount Fuji as focal points, students develop their own idea of sense of place, whether it is their backyard, state, city park, etc. They use their sense of place to develop understanding for preservation and protection. Students develop a persuasive letter urging the protection of Mount Rainier and Mount Fuji.
Grade Level:
10 - 12
Objectives: Students will be able to:
  • Note important figures from history who demonstrated their connection to the land through calls for preservation
  • Explain what sense of place means and how one creates such a feeling
  • Understand what land protection and preservation is and why it is conducted
  • Discuss how land preservation and protection has been conducted nationally and internationally
  • Understand that for any piece of land there are various stakeholders who may have different attitudes towards protection
  • Analyze and interpret historical documents calling for preservation and protection
  • Write a letter to government officials persuading them to protect and preserve an important place
Lesson Plan:
Sense of Place - word, 61KB
Sense of Place - pdf, 582KB
Materials: Sense of Place- Overview
Sense of Place- Intro Questions
Sense of Place- Historical Letters
Sense of Place- Resources
Sense of Place Lesson Powerpoint

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.