Mount Everest Teacher Resources
Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth, 8,848 meters above sea level and one of the most distinguishing landmarks of Asia. Located in the Himalayan mountain range, this landmark has plenty of fodder for discovery in science, social studies, and geography.
Plate tectonics studies escalate to new heights when you employ videos showing how Mt. Everest was formed. Start with a general video answering the question, How Tall Can Mountains Be? And then move on to a more specific video explaining Why Mt Everest Is So Tall. Mt. Everest also provides a real-life scenario for studying altitude. Or use Mt. Everest as a foundation to study heat transfer and insulation by comparing Expedition Clothing Then and Now.
Expeditions up Mt. Everest offer the basis for learning about people groups like the Sherpas on Everest, as well as history. Hillary Conquers Everest is a social studies lesson packed with extras, but could be used for cross-curriculum learning (English language arts, geography, world history). Compare Hillary’s journey to the disastrous journey of Jon Krakaur’s group by reading Into Thin Air and writing a comparison or reflection. Consider discussing how the successful climb changed the life of Tiger of the Snows: Tenzing Norgay. The geography and topography of Mt. Everest can be woven into the expedition topic, or study them in conjunction with any geography or world geography curriculum.