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At-Home Activities: Conquering Mountains - Seek Out New Lands

April 26 - 30

Workshop Classes Activities

  1. Craft – Leaf Prints

  2. Key Points – Key Points Puzzle

  3. Collaborative - Infographics

  4. Language Arts – Applying for Excursion Sponsors

  5. Math/Logic – Timeline of Mountaineering

  6. Prepare for Adventure – Trash Timeline

  7. Big Activity – Atmospheric Layers Experiment

  8. Movement - Capture the Flag

At-Home Activities

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• various fiction and non-fiction books that relate to mountains

• journal or lined paper

• Flour and salt for salt dough

• Cardboard and/or poster board


• Survive in the Mountains by Chris Bowman: ages 8-12

• Conquering Everest by Natalie Hyde: ages 8-12

• Mountains: Learning About the Earth by Emily K. Brown: ages 5-8

• Various fiction and non-fiction books that relate to mountains



“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” - John Muir

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” - T. S. Eliot

After editing your business letter below, rewrite it in your very best handwriting.

Language arts lesson

A business letter is more formal than writing a letter to a friend. It is used to communicate with a company or business. All writing or text should be lined up on the left side of the paper.

Example with Parts of a Business Letter:

June 6, 2021 Date

John True Address of person receiving the letter

123 Spruce Ave.

Victor, Nebraska 82540

Dear Mr. True, Salutation

I am … and I plan Body of the letter

State your purpose - give details

Sincerely, Closing

Susan Smith Your name and Signature

Writing Activity

Pretend that you are planning a trip to climb Mt. Everest. Because climbing a mountain as high as Everest is an expensive endeavor, about $50,000, you might need people or businesses to sponsor you or help you pay for the trip. Use the business letter format above and write a letter to a potential sponsor.

In the body of the letter, tell the sponsor about yourself, explain your reasons for wanting to climb the mountain, and let them know that you are seeking financial help.


After learning about some of the dangers involved with climbing the highest mountains in the world, pretend you are on a climbing expedition and write five or more journal entries that describe what has happened each day. Write about what is happening, what you see, what the weather is like, and anything else that you think might be important to record. Examples of journal entries are here:

Monday, May 10, 2021

I am at base camp preparing my supplies……

Thursday, May 20, 2021

One of my friends had a dangerous fall, but seems to be okay.


Math Concept

A timeline is a sequence of events listed in the order that they occur. You can create a visual timeline by marking the events in order on paper, listing the dates with a title, description, and illustration if you want. See the example below:

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

My mountain climbing

adventure begins.


Monday, May 10

Math Project

Use your journal entries to create a timeline of your mountaineering events. Draw a line through the middle of the paper, either horizontally or vertically and use both sides of the line to alternate events. Write a brief description and draw a simple illustration to represent each event. Be creative!

Math Concept

A calendar is a chart that shows days, weeks, and months in a year. There are 7 days in one week, about 4 weeks in each month and 12 months in a year. A year has 52 weeks and 365 days.

Math Project

The amount of time it takes to climb Mt. Everest is between 3 and 4 months. Choose a starting date for your mountain climbing adventure and figure out an end date 3 to 4 months out. Using some math, determine how many weeks this adventure will take. Then figure out how many days it will take.

Challenge yourself: If there are 24 hours in a day, multiply to figure out how many hours you will need for your mountaineering adventure.

Mental math

To help you remember how many days are in each month, memorize this rhyme:

How Many Days in a Month Rhyme

Thirty days hath September, April, June and November;

All the rest have thirty-one, Excepting February alone,

And that has twenty-eight days clear, and twenty-nine in each leap year.

Math games

This is a fun date sequencing game that you can play with family and friends. Write two dates from each month (for example, June 3 and June 28) on separate note cards or slips of paper. Mix up the dates. Take turns trying to put the dates in correct calendar order. You can time each other to see who can do it the fastest.


Research and Report

Choose a famous mountain climber to research. Read about their mountain climbing experiences and take notes. Using the information you discovered, create a poster or infographic. Present your poster to family members.

Themed Fireworks Project

Look at pictures of mountains and mountain ranges. Using cardboard or poster board as the base, create a model of the mountains with salt dough. You can make salt dough using 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of salt and ½ cup of water. After your model dries, paint and label it.

6-week project

  • Use the information you collected last week to start working on your written report. You may want to create a mind map to organize your findings. Put the report topic in the center of your paper, with related information branching out from there.

  • Using the mind map as a guide, make an outline. Put the information into an order that would make sense for a written report.

  • Work on your display.


• Take a nature walk with your family

Other Ideas

▪ Use salt dough to create landforms

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