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Lost On Everest

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(Gr. 4-9)
I am working on a four-week Everest unit with my 8th grade language arts students. I have come up with many great ideas with the help of my husband who is very interested in Everest. For our culminating activity, my students each created a board game on Everest. Aside from the normal stipulations, such as grammar and spelling, they had to include detailed directions and at least 25 fact cards. The board must resemble an Everest theme. The students loved it! For the first time all year, my students have all turned in their projects. This activity could be used with NOVA's "Everest—The Death Zone" program.

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Tina Boyd
Spring Hill Junior High


(Gr. 4-12)
Immediately prior to beginning our mini-unit on Everest I located a man who was a climber and he brought in slides and his climbing equipment and explained how everything worked. He also rappelled off the overpass right next to our school. I also created a bulletin board of newspaper and internet articles on breaking news about Everest. Hint: Do the lesson in May when the climbing season begins—the current events tie-in is stronger then. These ideas could be used with NOVA's "Lost on Everest" program.

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Steve McCarville
St. Pius X-St. Leo School
Omaha, NE


(Gr. 5-8)
This activity could be used with NOVA's "Everest—The Death Zone" program. Hand out straws to each student. Instruct the students to take out a piece of paper to record information. Then have students breathe through the straw for five minutes and record how their body reacts to the reduced oxygen. After the five minutes, discuss with the class what they were feeling and how it relates to the climbers on Mt. Everest.

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Hugh Hughes
Wyoming Seminary Lower School
Forty-Fort, PA


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