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 Lesson 1

0081Kevin.jpg (106004 bytes) Welcome 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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Objective: 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 experience. Read 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 member.
D. The team's flight path to Kathmandu, Nepal.

Independent Practice:

1. The students will recall the teacher, Mr. Cherilla, and the climbing team members in the expedition they have picked.
2. The students will locate Kathmandu and trace the flight path of the expedition. 

Optional Extensions:

1. Write an e-mail  letter to one of the climbers and submit to everestnews2004@adelphia.net 

2. 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 attempt.

Before 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 their profession.
3. How long will it take the team to fly to Kathmandu, Nepal?

AZ State Standard - 4T-E1.  Use telecommunications efficiently and effectively to access remote information and communicated with others in support of facilitated and independent learning.

PO 1.  Communicate independently vie e-mail, Internet, and/or videoconference with people in a remote location.

AZ 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 classroom.

PO 1.  Plan, design and present an academic product using technology tools.

AZ State Standard - 4T-E3.  Collaboratively use telecommunications and online resources.

PO 1.  Request collaborative exchanges among people in local and/or remote locations. (e.g., e-mail, online discussions, Web environments)

PO 2.  Communicate electronically to collaborate with experts, peers and others to analyze data and/or develop an academic product.

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