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Show and Tell About a Mountain

Students will select a mountain and conduct research to learn all about it. They will create an artistic rendition of that mountain and write a scientific paper explaining what it looks like and how it was formed.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, brainstorm a list of mountains around the world. Invite students who have seen any of these mountains in real life to describe what the mountains were like. Encourage them to also share anything they know about how the mountains were formed.
  2. Select one mountain prior to conducting this activity or encourage students to select their own. Then have students conduct research to learn more about the mountain they are investigating.
  3. Instruct students to write a brief scientific paper about their mountain. Challenge them to describe in detail what the mountain looks like and how it was formed.
  4. Provide a variety of art supplies. Give students time to draw a picture or create a 3-D model of their mountain. Challenge them to be as accurate as possible.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to present their artwork and papers to the class. As they do, encourage them to point out important connections between the mountain's appearance and how it was formed.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Prior to conducting this activity, select one mountain for the class to investigate. Provide assistance as students conduct research. Work together as a class to write a scientific paper describing what the mountain looks like and how it was formed. Then provide paper and crayons and have each student draw a picture of the mountain.
Grades 5-6:
Prior to conducting this activity, gather a variety of supplies so students can create 3-D models of a mountain. Divide the class into small groups. Have each group select a mountain, conduct research and write a brief scientific paper describing the mountain's appearance and how it was formed. Then have group members work together to create a 3-D model of their mountain.
Grades 7-8:
Prior to conducting this activity, gather a variety of supplies so students can draw pictures or create 3-D models of a mountain. Assign each student a partner. Have each pair select a mountain, conduct research and write a brief scientific paper describing the mountain's appearance and how it was formed. Then have partners work together to draw a picture or create a 3-D model of their mountain.
Grades 9-10:
Prior to conducting this activity, gather a variety of supplies so students can create 3-D models of a mountain. Encourage each student to select a mountain, conduct research and write a brief scientific paper describing the mountain's appearance and how it was formed. Give students time to create a 3-D model of their mountain. In their model, challenge students to include details that show how the mountain's geography encourages people to use the mountain in certain ways. For example, students might include people skiing down the sides of a mountain that is frequently covered in snow.