Lesson Plan

Hillary Conquers Everest

If a field trip to the summit of Mount Everest isn't in your school budget, make the trek virtually! An interactive lesson allows class members to follow Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's trail up the mountain, and provides important background information, vocabulary, and extension activities.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into small groups; rotate groups through small centers that feature various parts of the lesson
  • Begin with a journal warm-up about goals and ways to reach them
Classroom Considerations
  • Click on the links for each part of the trekking activity to be sure that you move forward correctly
  • Requires access to the Internet
  • Contains interdisciplinary connections to math and science
  • Accesses a variety of skills, including critical thinking, close reading, and narrative writing
  • Discusses the important role Sherpas play in Mount Everest expeditions
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