to the EverestNews.com Lesson plans developed by
Kevin Cherilla (base camp manager of the NFB
2001 Everest Expedition and 7th and 8th grade
physical education teacher from Phoenix, Arizona)
and the staff at EverestNews.com, the largest
mountaineering publication in the world.
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The students should pick an FEATURED Expedition from the 2003
team list to follow.
1. The student should read the purpose and goals of
the expedition and introduce themselves to the Mount Everest
introduction to the class either orally or have each
student read it independently.
2. After reading the introduction have the students
locate Phoenix, Arizona on a map of the United States,
where Mr. Cherilla lives.
3. Recap the important points.
A. The teacher's name is Mr. Cherilla.
B. He is from Osborn Middle School, Phoenix, Arizona.
C. The names of each climbing team
D. The team's flight path to Kathmandu, Nepal.
1. The students will recall the teacher, Mr. Cherilla,
and the climbing team members in the expedition they
2. The students will locate Kathmandu and trace the
flight path of the expedition.
1. Write an e-mail letter to one of the climbers
and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
Using a map of the World, locate each team
member's state and hometown city.
3. Draw a map of the team's flight path to Kathmandu.
List the major countries, bodies of water, and
continents they fly over.
Reading and Questions:
You are about to embark on an exciting educational
experience that will take you halfway around the world
to a small country is South Asia known as Nepal. This
learning experience will allow you to participate in
some of the latest internet technologies using maps,
video, and animated design to learn about the people
and culture of Nepal as well as virtually follow a
team of mountaineers on an adventurous climb up the
world's highest mountain, Mount Everest.
You will begin by following the team's flight from the
United States to the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. From
Kathmandu, you will trek with the team through small
villages leading up to the majestic Himalayan region.
The Nepal Himalayan region includes eight of the
world's highest mountains, all of which stand more
than 25,000 feet high. The climbers will take you on a
trek into Everest base camp where they will begin a
four-week process of preparing for their summit
we move on, let's meet Mr. Cherilla.
"Hello to all students and everyone else out
there following along! I'm excited about the
opportunity to share my dream as a part of a team
climbing the highest mountain in the world with you
and take you on an adventurous learning experience
throughout parts of Nepal, the Everest Himalayan
region, and on up Mt. Everest. Climbing Mount Everest
is all about teamwork, inspiration, hard work, and
fulfilling a dream. If there is one thing I'd like
this climb to do for you, it would be to show you that
you too can pursue your dreams through the willingness
to work hard at it. Of course, I want you to learn
about the people, culture, and geography of Nepal, but
I hope that the climb will inspire you to make your
dream actually happen.
"Now let's meet the team.
Go to the Everest 2002 team page for your expedition.
1. Who is your teacher? Where is he from?
2. Tell me who the other team members are by name and
3. How long will it take the team to fly to Kathmandu,
State Standard - 4T-E1. Use telecommunications
efficiently and effectively to access remote
information and communicated with others in support of
facilitated and independent learning.
1. Communicate independently vie e-mail,
Internet, and/or videoconference with people in a
State Standard - 4T-E2. Use technology tools for
individual and collaborative writing, communication
and publishing activities to create curricular related
products for audiences inside and outside the
1. Plan, design and present an academic product
using technology tools.
State Standard - 4T-E3. Collaboratively use
telecommunications and online resources.
1. Request collaborative exchanges among people
in local and/or remote locations. (e.g., e-mail,
online discussions, Web environments)
2. Communicate electronically to collaborate
with experts, peers and others to analyze data and/or
develop an academic product.