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The student will be able to locate the country of
Nepal on a world map. The student will label,
identify, and discuss the physical characteristics of
1. Introduce the location of Nepal on the map of the
world. (Map of the world on the Internet may be
downloaded and copied.) Point out that Nepal is
located in the southern portion of the continent of
Asia. Review the hemispheres of the earth pointing out
that Asia is located in the Eastern Hemisphere, and
the United States is in the Western Hemisphere.
2. Read the information on Nepal (found at the end of
the lesson) either orally to the class or have each
student read it independently.
3. Recap the important points on Nepal.
a. Nepal is located between China and India
b. Nepal is landlocked.
c. Eight out of the ten highest mountains in the world
are found here.
d. Despite Nepal's small size, the topography is
e. Kathmandu is the capital and the only major city in
1. The students will answer the comprehension
questions that correspond to the reading.
2. The students will locate Kathmandu and Mount
Everest on the map of Nepal. Then color the map using
different colors for the mountain regions. Be sure to
have the students include a map title and a compass
1. Compare and contrast the location of the United
States to the location of Nepal and how the distance
of America, and the proximity of other world powers,
might affect the economy.
2. Discuss the physical aspects of the United States
and how the physical make-up of Nepal is truly unique
3. Create a relief map of Nepal.
and Questions: (click here for a basic fact sheet
Nepal is a small country located in South Asia, and
measures 563 miles from east to west and 160 miles
north to south, a total of 56,139 square miles (by
comparison, the state of New Mexico is 121,598 square
miles). It is a landlocked country sandwiched in
between India to the east, south, and west, and China
to the north. The Himalayan mountain range forms the
northern border of Nepal, separating it from China.
Eight of the ten highest mountains in the world are
found here, including the tallest, Mount Everest
Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal with a population of
500,000. However, the population of the Kathmandu
valley has over 1,000,000 people. There are no other
major cities in Nepal other than Kathmandu. The
majority of the people living in Nepal reside in
villages or small market centers.
of Nepal's small size, it contains a tremendously
diverse terrain. The southern border with India is
host to a subtropical climate while the northern
border with China ranges from an alpine to an
uninhabited climate. This wide variety of weather
makes Nepal a fascinating country to study.
1. What benefits or disadvantages might a landlocked
2. Knowing that Kathmandu is the only major city, how
might that affect the country?
3. Using the map of Nepal, list the three tallest
1. Lisa Choegyal, Insight Guides Nepal, Langenscheidt
Publishers Inc., New York, 11378, p. 28-29.
2. Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Copyright
1994-1999, Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.
AZ State Standard - SS3 E4 Demonstrate understanding
of the characteristics, purposes and use of geographic
tools to located and analyze information about people,
places and environments, with emphasis on:
1 ways to display geographic information and
characteristics and purposes of maps, globes, aerial
photographs, charts and satellite images.
2 constructing and interpreting maps, charts and
geographic databases using geographic information.
3 drawing an accurate map after being given a
description of a place.
4 identifying and locating physical and cultural
features in their own and nearby communities in the
United States, and in regions of the world, and the
relationship between them.
E5 Describe natural and human characteristics of
places and use this knowledge to define regions, their
relationships with other regions and their patterns of
change, with emphasis on:
1 common characteristics of regions at local, national
and international scales on the basis of climate,
landforms, ecosystems and culture.
2 patterns of climate, landforms and ecosystems in a
4 the concept of region and how and why regions
5 relationships and interactions among regions.