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Volcano Above the Clouds

Viewing Ideas

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Before Watching

  1. Define the word "ecosystem" for your students. (An ecosystem comprises the interactions among populations in a community and their physical surroundings.) Ask students to provide examples of local ecosystems.

  2. Have students locate Mount Kilimanjaro on a map. Ask students what they think the climate would be like there. Do students think that ecosystems would be different between the base of the mountain and its peak? Assign students to take notes on the areas listed in the "Climbing Kilimanjaro" activity on page 2.

After Watching

  1. Group dynamics play an important role in research expeditions. Ask students to give examples from the program of times when the group's ability to work together was important to reach its goal or to ensure the survival of group members. (Examples may include times when the porters disagreed about how to put up the tent, when the porters decided to take turns carrying Robin, when Robin decided to turn back rather than continue to the summit, or when the leaders decided how early they should set out or what route to take.)

Teacher's Guide
Volcano Above the Clouds
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