In this educational animated movie about Social Studies learn about mountains, Nepal, Tibet, Himalayas, glaciers, ranges, summits, and climbing.
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It is important to include a global perspective when teaching HSIE in the classroom, so students are aware of the wider world around them. Bliss (2008) contends that ‘today, young students face a society that is increasingly global in focus and are profoundly affected by decisions and events occurring beyond their own shores’. Consequently, when teaching students about mountain ranges in NSW as per the outcome ENS2.5, this informative BrainPop video about the Himalayan mountain ranges and Mount Everest is perfect for a Stage 2 classroom.
This video covers issues such as the history of Everest, how mountains and glaciers are formed, the history of the Sherpa community, latitude and longitude, and how the melting ice supplies northern India with water. Therefore, this is a rich and informative video which forms a multitude of teaching ideas and links to other KLAs.
This video contains links to a myriad of literacy and teaching activities based on the clip. One excellent example is a Science and Technology experiment, demonstrating a change in air pressure similar to that on the summit of Everest.This video also discusses how Mt Everest supplies northern India with its water supply; a great empathetic writing task if students hypothesise what might happen if the water supply ran out.
Assessment tasks for this global perspective on mountains could be as simple as writing an information report, or comparing Mt Kosciuszko (in NSW) to Mt Everest.
In conclusion, this video is a great way to embed a global perspective in the teaching of ENS2.5.
Bliss, S. (2008). ‘Global Education in NSW Curriculum Overview’. Retrieved from:http://www.ptc.nsw.edu.au/SiteMedia/w3svc361/Uploads/Documents/4.%20GE%20IN%20NSW%20CURRICULUMS-fOCUS%20HSIE.pdf