Mount Everest

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The lesson introduces the students to Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.  The lesson includes interesting facts, details, and information about climbing Everest, and the people who have climbed the mountain.  The lesson may also be used to show students that challenges can be overcome through hard work and effort.  They may not have the opportunity to climb Mt. Everest, but many students have an “Everest” they may one day face in their own lives.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with a lesson related to land formations or the challenges children face each day in their lives.

Mount Everest Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Mount Everest
  • Hands-on homework activities learning more on Mount Everest
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces the students to Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.  The lesson includes interesting facts, details, and information about climbing Everest, and the people who have climbed the mountain.  The lesson may also be used to show students that challenges can be overcome through hard work and effort.  They may not have the opportunity to climb Mt. Everest, but many students have an “Everest” they may one day face in their own lives.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with a lesson related to land formations or the challenges children face each day in their lives.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask: What is one of the most physically difficult things you have ever done in your life?  How did you feel when you it was over?  Did you want to celebrate?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask:  What do you think it would be like to climb the highest mountain in the world?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Display an image of and introduce Mount Everest.  Ask students if they ever heard of the mountain, what do they know about it, etc.
  4. Distribute Mount Everest content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use one of the videos to show students Mt. Everest.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions.  Distribute supplies, pair students to play the game.  Circulate through the room to ensure students are following the instructions.  Allow students time to complete one or more games.
  6. Switch students’ partners, allow 3 or 4 students to play against each other. Students may play in teams.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, allow students to share their letters and responses to the questions.
  9. In closing, ask: What do you think is the biggest challenge you will face in your life now or in the future? Why?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion. Further ask: Do you believe would be easier or more difficult to climb Everest than your challenge and why?

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.3

Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies