Curriculum Materials

Lesson plans for Mount Rushmore National Memorial are available at the following link:
http://archive.cyark.org/education-lesson-plans

Scroll down to Lesson Plans 17 through 26 to find plans for Mount Rushmore.

Browse Our Curriculum Materials

Results

Showing results 1-10 of 11

  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    3D Modeling and Scale

    A digital rendering of the 1/12th scale plaster model of Mount Rushmore.

    Construct a topographic model of Mount Rushmore. After the model is completed, students use concepts of scale and proportion (similarity concept in math) to calculate the scale of their model by comparing to real-life measurements.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Geometry
  • Workers drill with jackhammers on Mount Rushmore.

    Students will practice identifying and correctly naming geometric shapes within Mount Rushmore. Students will learn about the marks that carving tools make. Students will also learn about the processes of rock removal at Mount Rushmore and why the different tools were used at each point of the process.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Visual Arts
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    Designing a Monument

    Gutzon Borglum works on an early version of his Mount Rushmore model.

    Students utilize resources available in the art classroom to recreate the Mount Rushmore Sculpture, or design their own version, where they choose the four figures from history they feel should be represented by the monumental sculpture. Students will present their final art piece to the classroom with a persuasive argument for their choices of the figures.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Visual Arts
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    Math at Mount Rushmore for Grades 6, 7 and 8

    A view of Abraham Lincoln created with digital scan data.

    Students recognize shapes in Mount Rushmore, whether it’s 2D shapes through a series of 2D drawings, or 3D shapes through measurable PDF’s of the 3D model of Mount Rushmore. Learners use geometric formulas to calculate the volumes of these shapes based on scaled representations and  effectively use understanding of scale to translate these calculations to life-size.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Algebra, Geometry
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    Preservation at Mount Rushmore

    Mount Rushmore's rope access team preparing to scan the scuplture.

    Learn about the various preservation concerns at Mount Rushmore. By learning to recognize the various types of rocks found in Mount Rushmore and their different characteristics and varying rates of erosion, students will be able to understand the complexity of caring for a monument like Mount Rushmore.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Physical Science
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    Geometry at Mount Rushmore

    Mount Rushmore under late afternoon sun.

    Students find simple geometric shapes in objects around them. Students will practice identifying and correctly naming geometric shapes within Mount Rushmore. Students should already be familiar with geometric shapes and their names.

    Good

    Average: 4.0 (1 rating)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Geometry
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    Math at Mount Rushmore for Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12

    Closeup of Abraham Lincoln on Mount Rushmore with fractures running across.

    Students calculate an estimate the weight of Mount Rushmore by calculating the volume using cross sections of the model, then use density of stone to finally arrive at a rough estimate of the weight. Finally, students calculate when two cracks on the surface of the sculpture would intersect over time.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Algebra, Geometry
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    Math at Mount Rushmore for Grades 3, 4 and 5

    Mount Rushmore is made of many shapes.

    Students learn that more complex shapes can be partitioned into smaller, simpler, geometric shapes. Learners will be able to understand the concept of grids and symmetry, and be able to use them to make basic or more advanced area calculations.

    Very poor

    Average: 0.0 (1 rating)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Algebra, Geometry, Mathematics
  • Workers cutting dynamite charges to size at Mount Rushmore.

    Learn about the marks that carving tools make. Students will learn about the processes of rock removal at Mount Rushmore and understand why the different tools were used at each point of the process.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Visual Arts
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    Mount Rushmore as Scuplture

    Mount Rushmore as seen from the air.

    Recreate the Mount Rushmore sculpture with accuracy in mind but using non-traditional sculpture materials. Use drawings and 3D content to get an understanding of the 3-dimensional volumes of the model for accuracy.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Visual Arts
1