Himalayas Teacher Resources
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Solar Heating in the Himalayas
A fascinating lesson on how solar power is utilized by people who live in the Himalayas is here for you. In it, learners perform a case study which will help them understand that solar energy is a renewable resource, that geography affects the distribution of solar energy, and that sunlight is a underused source of energy. This impressive, 19-page plan is chock-full of worksheets, maps, photographs, websites, and detailed descriptions of high-level activities. Terrific!
Bhutan, the Last Shangri-La: Sandwich Squash: How the Himalayas Were Formed
Students create and record a model of mountain formation. They identify major mountain building formations. Students understand how the Himalaya Mountains were formed, why they are located near Bhutan, and why they are becoming larger.
High Up in the Himalayas
In this Himalayas worksheet, students read about land masses that collided to form the Himalayas and other mountain ranges. Students answer three critical thinking questions about the reading and the Himalayas.
The Physical Geography of South Asia
Students describe the physical forces that formed and shaped the Himalaya, then discuss the physical geography of Mount Everest and how it influences the routes climbers take to the summit.
Middle schoolers define plate tectonics, and explain how the Himalaya Mountains were formed.
Students explain what life would be like in a typical Himalayan village in Nepal, and compare their life with the life of a child living in a small village high up in the Himalaya Mountains.
How Has the Geography of India Influenced its People and Culture?
Have your middle schoolers consider the effects of monsoons, the Himalayas, and geographical location on the development of Indian culture. This presentation provides a slight glimpse into this vast topic and could be used as a discussion-starter or class warm-up.
Geography Scavenger Hunt
Students complete a unit on geographic regions of the world. They identify various cities, countries, and geographic features on a world map, and locate information based on Internet clues.
Nepal and Bhutan
In this Nepal and Bhutan worksheet, students complete a graphic organizer and answer key questions after reading about these nations.
Little Einsteins -- A Christmas Wish
Students watch a video of the series "Little Einstiens." After watching the video, they explain the characteristics of each character. They develop music to add to the video and listen to music of Beethoven. They examine a painting by Van Gogh to end the lesson plan.
Mount Everest Reading Landmarks
In this science learning exercise, students read a content passage concerning facts about Mount Everest. Then they answer 6 questions and the answer sheet is on page 3.
Landforms and Resources in South Asia
In this landforms activity, students take notes in a chart about the landforms and regions of South Asia as they read an article. They also answer comprehension questions.
In this Mt. Everest worksheet, students read about Mt. Everest and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 4 questions.
Creating and Destroying Plates
Students explore Earth science by answering geology study questions. For this plate tectonics lesson, students identify where tectonic plates exist, how they move and the impact they have on the surface of the earth. Students view visual images of plates on the Internet and create a model of earth's layers using arts and crafts materials.
Lesson Plan on Map Skills for South Asia
Seventh graders observe and discuss an overhead transparency map of South Asia. In small groups, they label a blank map of South Asia, and listen to a lecture on the realm.
Measuring Elevation Past and Present
After viewing a short video about a climb up Mount Everest, high schoolers read about triangulation for measuring distant elevations. Have your class work in groups to construct an inclinometer and then use it to measure the height of three schoolyard trees. The video makes for a fascinating anticipatory set to practicing the triangulation technique.
Tintin and I: Primary and Secondary Sources
Mickey Mouse, Elmo, and Tintin? Belgian cartoonist Georges (Herge) Remi’s famous comic character launches a study of primary and secondary source material and the impact these sources have on storytelling. Class members also examine the work of Jason Lutes and his comic series Berlin before researching an unfamiliar culture and crafting their own illustrated adventure narrative.
Lesson: The Power of Story
Universal themes found throughout the world in the form of stories is the topic of today's lesson. Upper graders analyze the cultural context of the Mithila piece, Hanuman. They consider the universal themes the image depicts and how the image is a representation of traditional Hindu tales. They then create a comic strip that retells the story of Hanuman.
Here's an engaging unit on erosion for your upper elementary and middle school scientists. Five hands-on activities demonstrate the processes and effects of erosion by wind, chemical reaction, temperature, water, and glacial action. Clear small-group processes and roles are included, as are cross-curricular extensions and materials lists for each activity. Unfortunately, the worksheets and templates for a journal that learners are to keep across the span of the entire unit are not available. You can create them on your own; enough guidance is included in the lesson plan.
Leapin' Landmarks: Locating 10 man-made landmarks around the world
Third graders engage in a lesson plan which addresses their curiosity about some of the outstanding people-made landmarks of the world. They explore the geographical themes of location and place through literature.