Lesson plans for Mount Rushmore National Memorial are available at the following link:
Scroll down to Lesson Plans 17 through 26 to find plans for Mount Rushmore.
Shapes are everywhere!
Shapes, grids and symmetry.
Explore the scale and volume of Mount Rushmore.
Calculate the weight of Mount Rushmore and predict fracture...
Learn about the tools used to carve Mount Rushmore.
How did they carve Mount Rushmore? Learn which tools were used and...
Create your own Mount Rushmore!
If you were the artist, what kind of scuplture would you create?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.