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Making Mt. Rushmore

Posted on December 08, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction

I just love innovative teaching ideas—especially those that may boost comprehension for diverse learners, allow students to move and provide visual supports for those needing them. This idea is fab because it does all three of those things! It comes from a wonderful elementary school teacher in Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin.

Active Learning Mt Rushmore

When her students struggled to understand just how big the Mt. Rushmore faces were, she took them outside and positioned them in the yard to form a presidential face. Therefore, students forming the chin could see just how far away those on the forehead were. She also snapped this photo so those laying down to form the eyes, nose and mouth could see the dimensions and scale from the perspective of an observer.

Don’t you just love this out of the box and “off the page” idea?


  1. From Trina Williams on 9 Dec 2014

    This is my son’s teacher. He is laying on the ground on the far right. He had her as a first and second grade teacher. We LOVE her. Her way of teaching is amazing! We sure are going to miss her next year.

  2. From Paula Kluth on 9 Dec 2014

    I agree!!! I am so glad you commented…it is always the highest praise for a teacher to hear the positive comments from parents!

  3. From Jennifer Mc Queen on 9 Dec 2014

    Love my son’s teacher. That is my son standing closest in the blue coat.

  4. From Paula Kluth on 9 Dec 2014

    It is so wonderful to see these comments– great teacher, fantastic and supportive parents!!!