Students will gather information from multiple sources, identify environmental issues facing Nepal and the Sherpa people regarding Mt. Everest, determine causes of these problems, and hypothesize solutions.
After watching a video entitled “Improving Collaborative Work with 1-3-6 Protocol,” on the Teaching Channel I realized that I already employed this strategy without officially naming it. (link to video is provided in the lesson)
In this packet, I have provided you with a lesson using video from National Geographic and reading material from the Web on Mount Everest. (links to specific resources are in the lesson instructions) The students used this information to identify environmental problems facing the world's tallest mountain. They worked individually and collaborative, heterogeneous groups. This particular worksheet really could be used with any other lesson in any social studies unit that requires students to narrow ideas, causes, or issues.
Students then returned to their initial pairings to use the second graphic organizer where they identified causes, hypothesized solutions and determined obstacles to the solutions.
Common Core Standards met as I presented the lesson are included. Many more could be added by extending the activity with a project of more formal writing assignment.
This activity is a great addition to any study of Nepal and/or South Asia.