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Keywords: Curriculum Environment Math

Global Regions: South Asia

Countries: India , Pakistan

Universities: University of Texas at Austin

Subjects: History and Social Studies, Mathematics

Resource Types: Curriculum

Time Periods: Contemporary

Instructional Strategies: Case Study, Group Work, Primary Sources, Role Play/Perspective-Taking

Themes: Culture and Society, Environment

Levels: Middle School (6-8)


People and Place: Life in the Himalayas

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One of 12 lesson plans on People and Place: Human-Environmental Interactions

This case study will help students understand the challenges of life in the Himalayas, the Earth’s highest mountain system. People living in the Himalayas must think carefully about how to use the limited natural resources around them. This case study will examine the finite nature of the water supply, and sunlight as an energy source. Your students will understand that:

  1. geographic location, natural reŽsource availability, and lifestyle are interwoven;
  2. making use of natural resources does not need to be technologically complicated, but can rely instead on local knowledge and ingenuity; and
  3. our lifestyle choices affect the environment both locally and globally. Students will work with readings, maps, charts, and graphs in order to develop geographic skills.

This lesson plan is one of a dozen related lesson plans available as PDF files on the People and Place webpage of Hemispheres: The International Area Studies Outreach Consortium of the University of Texas at Austin. The People and Place curriculum unit includes an introduction and standards alignment page.

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People and Place: Life in the Himalayas

Produced at: Hemispheres: The University of Texas International Outreach Consortium , University of Texas at Austin, South Asia Institute

Year Produced: 2005

Material: PDF file

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