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Contact: Maureen McGee-Ballinger, 605-574-3115
KEYSTONE, SD: Mount Rushmore announces the launch of online curricula based lesson plans adhering to the nationally recognized Common Core State Standards Initiative. Teachers, parents and anyone interested in an educational challenge will have access to complete lesson plans utilizing 3D models created through an innovative laser scanning process.
In November of 2011 four Geometry, Math, and Art teachers from the Hill City and Custer County School Districts collaborated with the National Park Service Interpretation and Education Rangers and CyArk representatives to create 10 interdisciplinary K-12 lesson plans for educators, parents, students, and the general public. These plans are available with a free CyArk Professional Account. The lesson plans, numbered 17– 26 in the CyArk lesson plan database at http://archive.cyark.org/education-lesson-plans, feature hands-on and computer based activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Everything needed to teach a lesson is available for download in a compressed folder. Teacher background, activity preparation information, slideshows, and student sheets are all included.
Complete Art and Geometry curriculum strains were created using the laser scans and high definition 2 dimensional images of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The curriculum offers an interdisciplinary learning progression from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Lesson plans are linked through both the National Park Service and the CyArk websites.
"We are very excited to open up a new chapter in educational opportunities for our nation’s students," said Maureen McGee-Ballinger, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.