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Math at Mount Rushmore
Exactly how big is Mount Rushmore? Young mathematicians develop their ability to find the area of complex figures as they look at one of our nation's famous monuments. Scholars begin by learning a brief history of Mount Rushmore and the methods used to create this spectacular sculpture.
4th - 6th Math 132 Views 92 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Preservation at Mount Rushmore
Mt. Rushmore wasn't built in a day, but how long will it stick around? How quickly is it eroding and what causes the fastest weathering? Explore these questions and more in a fun, interactive lesson about the earth's natural processes of weathering and erosion.
5th - 9th Science 31 Views 32 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Follow the Leader
Here is a phenomenal lesson on the three branches of government for your second and third-graders. It presents this often-confusing information in an easy-to-understand format. Many excellent activities and worksheets are embedded in the plan, including coloring in the reverse side of the South Dakota State Quarter and identifying the four famous faces on Mt.
2nd - 3rd Social Studies & History 28 Views 140 Downloads
Mount Rushmore as Sculpture
What are non-traditional sculptural materials and how can they be used to reinvent a work of art? The class examines the techniques and materials used in the creation of Mount Rushmore; they then re-imagine the piece using sculptural material such as toilet paper, chopsticks, paper clips, or spaghetti.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 1 Download
Carving Tools at Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore contains the faces of four great American leaders, but it also shows the power of artistic ability. Learners will examine the tools, techniques, and reasons why Mount Rushmore was constructed. They focus their attention on how the sculptors had to use very specific tools at different points in the project to achieve their desired results.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 2 Downloads
US Geography Landmark Commercial
Experience famous geographical landmarks around the United States right from the comfort of your very own classroom. Learners research national landmarks, such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and Niagara Falls, and then create a commercial of interesting facts and features that will convince others to visit their landmark.
7th - 10th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Next President on Mount Rushmore is...
Students explore Mount Rushmore. In this presidential history lesson, students identify the presidents memorialized on the monument and then determine which president they think should be added to the monument.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 3 Downloads
Follow the Leader
Students examine the roles of national leaders and the three branches of government and their duties. They view and discuss the images on the South Dakota Quarter Reverse transparency, complete a worksheet, and create a mobile of the three branches.
2nd - 3rd Social Studies & History 5 Views 54 Downloads
Learners examine the life, contributions, and influence of Teddy Roosevelt. They view a slideshow lecture and take notes on a handout, filling in the blanks on the handout. Students then write a persuasive letter to a governmental committee about why Teddy Roosevelt is a good candidate for the Mount Rushmore monument.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 4 Views 29 Downloads
Fun Facts About Mount Rushmore
For this Mount Rushmore worksheet, students read a text about the history of the famous monument in South Dakota. Students answer 8 true and false questions and name the presidential faces on the diagram. Students complete 6 word puzzles in which they find words from the text and unscramble the letters.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 15 Downloads
Designing a Monument
Art students are going to love designing and creating their own monuments. They discuss the purpose and power found in the carving of Mount Rushmore, then consider how and who they would like to immortalize through the sculptural process. They use any mediums available in the art room to create a copy or interpretation of Mount Rushmore; they explain their process to the class.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 6 Downloads
Four Famous Faces
Each one of our quarters is embellished with a famous face or image representing the state it came from. This instructional activity uses South Dakota's state quarter to get kids thinking about monetary value, what the president of the United States does, and famous historical figures.
K - 1st Social Studies & History 5 Views 61 Downloads