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ERIC Number: ED470339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Rock "n" Roll Presidents on Mount Rushmore. Second Grade Activity. Schools of California Online Resources for Education (SCORE): Connecting California's Classrooms to the World.
Sawyer, Debbie
A historian, Doane Robinson, and a sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, worked together to build a gigantic monument in South Dakota that honored four of the greatest U.S. presidents: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson. Robinson and Borglum wanted the monument to represent U.S. ideals. To celebrate the anniversary of Mt. Rushmore the National Park Service asked students to provide a brochure to visitors explaining what the monument means to the United States. In this activity, second graders learn about Mt. Rushmore and four U.S. presidents who made a difference in U.S. history. The activity has the class work together in groups to gather information about the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, and the four presidents carved in the South Dakota mountain. They go on to create a brochure about the monument. The activity plan details a five step process for the student to think about, plan, and carry out the exercise. It lists resources; gives learning advice; discusses evaluation; presents concluding questions; and provides reflection questions. The teacher notes cite grade level/unit; state a lesson purpose; set educational goals; discuss information literacy skills; suggest lesson length; address California history/social studies and language arts standards; list resources or materials needed; and suggest a lesson sequence. (BT)
Schools of California Online Resources for Education, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, 601 North East Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410-3093. E-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers; Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California