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Mount Everest Glossary: An Edmund Hillary Conquers Mount Everest Activity

Scholastic’s glossary of 18 terms, from “crevasse” to “sherpa,” helps familiarize students with the language of mountain climbing.


3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Activities and Games

Scholastic’s Mount Everest Glossary (grades 3–8) helps students develop vocabulary associated with mountain climbing and Edmund Hillary’s Mount Everest adventure. The 18 vocabulary words include the following:

  • Assault team: Two or more climbers who attempt to reach a mountain summit.
  • Cornice: An overhanging mass of hardened snow at the edge of a ridge, usually formed by wind.
  • Porter: A person who carries supplies.
  • Sirdar: A Sherpa leader on a mountaineering or trekking expedition.
  • Traverse: (v.), To cross a mountain slope; (n.), a steep slope that has to be climbed from side to side.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop vocabulary and factual knowledge associated with mountain climbing, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Mount Everest
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