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Trekking up Mt. Everest: A Webquest

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Gail Hennessey


In 1923, English mountaineer George Mallory was asked,"Why do you want to climb Mt. Everest?" His response, "Because it's there." He would make three attempts at climbing the massive peak which at that time was known as the third pole. On 1924, he and Andrew Irvine trekked up the mountain and never came down. Thousands has been trying to summit the world's highest mountain peak since this time. Learn about Mt. Everest, Nepal and the Yeti with this webquest!



  1. 1.The highest mountain in the world(above ground) is Mount Everest. It measures 29,035 ft. Scientists say the mountain peak is still growing,about 2.4 -3 inches a year! About how many MILES is Mt. Everest at 29.035 ft.?___________Located in the Himalayan Mountain chain, between which two countries is Mt.Everest located?___________and ____________. The people of Tibet call the mountain peak,___________,which means________________.What is the name for the group of people that help climbers trek up the mountain?_________How do these people usually receive their first names?_______________Find the answers at this link:Alananette.com

    2. Also called Zhumulangma by the Chinese, how did the mountain peak get the name of Mt. Everest?_________________. From the summit, you can see the countries of Tibet, Nepal and India. Although others had tried, on May 29, 1953, which two men were the first to summit the peak?_________________and _________________Since then, 660 people has successfully reach the summit. Sadly, since 1953, 250 climbers have died in the attempt to reach the peak.Find the answers at this link:http://www.mount-everest.net/history.htm


    3. The Seven Summits are the highest peaks on all the continents. Which is the highest peak on the continent of North America?_______________ What is the highest peak on the continent of Africa?_____________Which is the highest people in Europe?____________________On which continent is Vinson Massif?_________

    Find the answers at this link:http://www.rmiguides.com/seven_summits/



    Interesting Facts:


    * Samantha Larson,18 , of California was the youngest foreigner to summit Mt. Everest in 2007. The previous youngest person to summit the highest peak was Temba Tsheri, 16,(some records say 15) of Nepal. In 2010, Jordan Romero, from California, became the youngest to summit Mt. Everest. He was 13 at the time.


    *If you measure from the bottom of the ocean, Mauna Kea, a volcanic crater in Hawaii, is the tallest mountain.



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    Test your IQ on Mt. Everest:Kids.nationalgeographic.com


    Do a jigsaw puzzle of Mt. Everest: jigsaw-puzzles-free.com

  2. Go to Facts to Wow Your Friends to see lots of fun facts about Mt. Everest!


There are 9 webquests in the complete resource and 10 extension activities. Additionally, there are comprehension questions and  11 Cool Facts. I think you will find this webquest of value to use with your students.



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