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Fifth graders gather information about Mount Rushmore though a picture and then through a book about it. In this Mount Rushmore lesson plan, 5th graders recall and write about two locations considered while planning Mount Rushmore.
In this reading comprehension worksheet about Mount Rushmore, students observe pictures and read a short passage. Students write 5 short answers.
Students inspect Mount Rushmore. In this Mount Rushmore lesson, students explore American symbols. Students log on to Second Life and investigate Mount Rushmore. Students communicate learning using differentiated options.
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. These techniques are then put into practice as children create and replicate drawings on cardboard boxes using a plumb-bob, ruler, and protractor. Finally, students use grids to calculate the area and lines of symmetry in the faces of the nation's great leaders. For higher grades, consider introducing the concept of scale when working with pictures of this enormous monument. This lesson spans over three to four days and uniquely brings together the subjects of math, history, and art.
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.
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. The final project will be a three-dimensional interpretation of the larger-than-life sculpture.
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. They each sculpt a small figure using considerations for the design process such as, planning, final product, and which tools they'll need to achieve the desired end results.
Young scholars 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.
Students identify and discuss the images on the back of the South Dakota quarter. They discuss the differences between facts and opinions, and research information about the four presidents memorialized on 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. 
Art high schoolers 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. 
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. Rushmore.
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.
Bring some purpose to your next Presidents Day. Share facts about Mount Rushmore, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and J.F. Kennedy.
Fifth graders examine the South Dakota Quarter Reverse and identify the images on it. They discuss the accomplishments of the four presidents. They create coins of four people in their school. They arrange bags of plastic coins by their values.
In 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.
Pupils identify and discuss lives of Mount Rushmore Presidents, and examine their importance in American History. Five lessons on one page.
In this Mount Rushmore activity worksheet, students read a passage and respond to 5 multiple choice questions. Students also answer 1 short answer question.
Students examine the four presidents depicted on Mount Rushmore. Students learn what contributions each president brought to America. Students also learn how Mount Rushmore was built.
Learners, in groups, combine U.S. history, English, science, math, and art as they combine biographical research of historical American figures and prepare presentations comparing the attributes of those whom they research.

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