Celebration Education

Mar 15-19

3/16 Matterhorn Bobsleds

My Side of the Mountain, Heidi



Where are the highest mountains? Make a chart that compares the sizes of various mountains.

Go mountain climbing.

Make an advertisement to attract people to go mountain climbing.

Write a hymn about the Alps.

When Heidi went to live in Frankfurt, one of the things she learned how to do is to make proper introductions. How was it done? Practice introducing people that way.

Write a letter to Heidi.

If you could climb any mountain in the world, which would you choose and why? Write about it in your Wishes! Journal.

Critique the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction. Come up with five criteria to judge a roller coaster. How does the Matterhorn Bobsleds measure up? Write a review.

Retell the story of Heidi or My Side of the Mountain.

Diagram the belay system for rock climbing.

What can you learn from the story of Heidi? Apply this lesson to your life. Write about it in your Wishes! Journal.

With friends, prepare, practice, and perform a scene from Heidi or My Side of the Mountain.

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Mountain Climbing

1. Mountain Scene

--- overview---

2. Mountain dangers

3. Wisher: Conrad Anker

4. Pack your bag

5. Trail maps

6. boo-boo bucket

7. First Aid practice

---tally & notice what need to be done before next week---

8. First Aid relay


1. construction paper

2. key points with pictures on papers
something to fasten rope onto

3. backpack
camping supplies
bathroom scale

4. trail maps

5. first aid kit

6. first aid kit
first aid guide

7. Wisher poster
wisher pictures

Gathering activity:
Kids can tear construction paper and glue to make a mountain scenery. Use different colors for background, etc.
Materials: construction paper, glue, paint brushes (to apply glue), bowls for glue

Topic introduction:
What to watch for on a mountain climbing adventure. This can be animals and plants and also dangers that they might run into like snow, rain or steep slopes. These will be thing that they will have to know in order to survive out in the mountains.

Have each of the pictures on carabiners. The students can match up the problems with the solutions & hook them on a rope.

Twice as many people die from avalanches than from falling.

avalanche/turn back
animals/hang food
plants/anti-itch cream
altitude sickness/oxygen

Materials: key points with pictures on papers, caribiners, rope, something to fasten rope onto.

Fall from cliff
Equipment and belay

Don't be afraid to turn back


Wild animals

Hang food at night

Poison oak
Calamine lotion

Altitude sickness

Oxygen tanks

Wisher of the day: Conrad Anker

hardship: his best friend died in an avalanche & another climber died
Magic: he used those tradgedies to fuel a passion for educating the public on how to climb safely.
Success: mountaineering school for Sherpas

an American rock climber, mountaineer, author and environmental activist, has made a specialty of climbing the most technically challenging terrain he can find. This search has taken him from the mountains of Alaska and Antarctica to the big walls of Patagonia and Baffin, to the massive peaks of the Himalaya.

In addition to his accomplishments on the mountain, Anker contributes to the outdoor community as an ambassador for the Timex® Expedition® brand where he is involved in product development of watches and instruments that are designed to inspire and enhance outdoor excursions. In this role, Anker provides key insight from his experiences, tests products during climbing expeditions, and provides reflections and advice on the Return to the Outdoors website (www.ReturnToTheOutdoors.com) which has inspired thousands to reconnect with nature and support the work of the Conservation Alliance.

Conrad's Antarctic experience spans a decade, with first ascents in three regions. In 1997, Conrad teamed up with Alex Lowe and Jon Krakauer to climb Rakekniven, a 2,500 foot wall in Queen Maud Land. This incredibly remote climb was covered by the National Geographic Society for both a magazine article and a documentary film.

In the Sentinel Range, Conrad has climbed the Vinson Massif via three new routes and currently holds the speed record for the regular route (9 hours 11 minutes). Conrad is well respected in the big wall mecca of Yosemite Valley for his numerous speed ascents on El Capitan. He has established a difficult new line called "Continental Drift" (VI 5.10 A4) - that has yet to see a second ascent. In Zion National Park, he made the first ascent of the intimidating Streaked Wall with Mugs Stump, as well as climbing four grade V walls in a day.

In Patagonia, Conrad has climbed all three towers of the Cerro Torre group, including new routes on Torre Egger and Cerro Standhardt. In Pakistan's Karakorum, Conrad climbed the west face of Latok II via the route "Tsering Mosong", which means long life in Balti. The route begins at the same height as the summit of Denali, climbs 26 pitches on a vertical cliff and then tops out at 23,342 feet. In 1998,Conrad and Peter Croft climbed Spansar Peak, a first ascent via a 7000 foot long ridge. The pair did the climb in a day with a minimal amount of equipment.

In May of 1999, as a member of the Mallory & Irvine Research expedition, Conrad discovered the body of George Mallory, the preeminent Everest explorer of the 1920s. The disappearance of Mallory and Irvine on their summit bid of June of 1924 is one of climbing's great mysteries. Conrad's discovery and analysis of the find has shed new light onto the pioneering climbs of the early expeditions. Conrad again reached the summit of Everest on June 14, 2007.

Active in numerous charitable causes, Anker serves on the board of the Conservation Alliance, the American Alpine Club, the Rowell Fund for Tibet and the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation. “My involvement with these organizations is intrinsically rewarding,” Anker says “and it’s among the most important work I do. It feels good to be able to give back to our community of humans and the natural world." Conrad graduated from the University of Utah and lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife Jennifer and three sons, Max, Sam, and Isaac.

Materials: wisher poster, wisher pictures

Wisher of the day: Conrad Anker

Wished for: Climb the tallest mountains

hardship: his best friend died in an avalanche & another climber died

In October of 1999 best friends Alex Lowe and Conrad Anker were overcome by an avalanche in the Tibetan Himalaya. Conrad barely survived the avalanche and soon began to suffer form Survivor's Guilt. In the months following the tragedy, Conrad and Alex's widow, Jennifer tried to comfort each other and unexpectedly found love. Now their bond is tested as Alex's three boys try to accept Conrad as a father.

Magic: Alex's death was but one of many tragedies that unfold when families lose loved ones in the mountains. The celebrated high altitude Sherpa families suffer this same fate more than any other group as they work at extreme altitude for Western expeditions. In honor of Alex's legacy Jennifer and Conrad seek meaning beyond tragedy with a mountaineering school for Sherpas and high altitude workers.

Success: Khumbu Climbing School Program
To increase the safety margin of Nepali climbers and high
altitude workers by encouraging responsible climbing practices
in a supportive and community-based program.

Large group activity: Pack your bag
Preparing for a mountain climbing trip. Kids can build a back pack with all the things they will need on this trip. Teacher can bring a list of thing that they can take with them. But they have to be aware of how much weight that they can carry in their pack. So they will have to choose what is most important for the trip. So teacher can put a weight limit on what they can carry. This will take math.

Students can weigh themselves with & without the pack, then find out what the difference is (subtract) to figure out how much the pack weighs.

Materials: backpack, camping supplies, bathroom scale

Trail Maps
Kids can learn to read trail maps then they can make one of their own. Have them work together to identify features on the maps, then they may make their own ficticious forest service maps.

Materials: trail maps, compasses

How many ski areas?

How many camping areas?

How many parking places?

How many picnic areas?

How many bicycle trails?

How many ranger stations?

How many lookout points?

What is the highest point?

What direction do you need to travel to get to the highest point?

How many ski areas?

How many camping areas?

How many parking places?

How many picnic areas?

How many bicycle trails?

How many ranger stations?

How many lookout points?

What is the highest point?

What direction do you need to travel to get to the highest point?

Boo-boo bucket
Identify types of wounds & discuss how to treat

Incision: caused by a clean, sharp-edged object such as a knife, a razor, or a glass splinter.
Laceration: irregular tear-like wound caused by blunt trauma.
Abrasion: superficial wound in which the topmost layer of the skin is scraped off. Abrasions are often caused by a sliding fall onto a rough surface.
Puncture: caused by an object puncturing the skin, such as a nail or needle.

Give the oranges “wounds”
incision from scissors
laceration from fist
abrasion from cheese grater
puncture from nail

You may prepare the oranges in advance yourself or have the students inflict the oranges.

Materials: First aid kit, oranges, bucket, scissors, cheese grater, nails

Follow up activity:
Basic first aid. Kids can learn what they would do if there was an emergency and needed to help someone that had gotten injured while they were on this adventure.

Announce that you're going on a hike and each person needs to have a buddy. They need to watch out for and take care of their buddy.

On a short walk, we stop to announce that someone has gotten hurt. Their buddy needs to administer first aid.

Or- each person can be given a piece of the first aid guide. They will treat the person for whom they have the first aid information for.

Materials: first aid kit, first aid guide, situations, canteen, cloths, splint,

You were feeding a squirrel from your hand and it bit you.

The person walking in front of you let a branch flap back and hit you in the eye and you got a black eye.

You slid down a rock and scraped your knee.

You slipped on a fallen tree branch and got a deep cut on your leg. You are bleeding a lot. You also feel weak and nauseous.

Playing on a fallen tree, you got a splinter.

You stepped in a hold and sprained your ankle.

You were goofing off around the campfire and fell in the fire, landing on your had. Your hand is burned badly.

We stopped to eat a snack. You were eating quickly and you tried to swallow something too big & you are choking.

Someone was kicking dirt and you got something stuck in your eye.

We stopped to play in a stream. You took off your shoes & socks and went in. You steppen on a fishhook and it got lodged in your foot.

You fell down a slope and broke your leg.

You didn't wear your gloves and your fingers for frostbite.

You fell and knocked your head on a rock. You feel dizzy and nauseous.

You got stung by a bee.

Your nose just started bleeding.

You ate some berries, then found out that they're poisonous.

Conclusion activity:
Relay race: two-man carry
In equal teams, two team members carry a third a certain distance. Then they switch & carry another team member that same distance. Continue until all team members have been carried. The winning team is the one who successfully carries all team members first.
Materials: none

Other Ideas
Make first aid kits

materials: ziploc baggies, bandaids, sterile pads, adhesive tape, moleskin, hand sanitizer, antibiotic ointment, gloves, pencil, paper
Small group activity:
Kids can learn to use the important tools that they will need on their trip. How to use man made tools and special tricks to navigate though rough areas. How to start fires ,how to look at moss and mark trees. Where to camp and be safe from wild animals etc.

wilderness survival
how to identify edible plants

Kids can play follow the leader while singing the song “ She’ll be coming around the mountain when she comes”
At the park
mountian climbing on the matterhorn, mountain climbing on El Capitan

Geography of the alps

mountain around the world

The characters inside small world – where are they from? Continents and countries

Take a first aid class.
Put together a family first aid kit.
What altitude is your home? How does this compare to your local mountains or higher mountains?


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