by Barbara Day, Phillips Traditional School

On this mountain trek students will learn about the major mountains of the world. They will also learn how mountains are formed. Using the internet, and other resources, we will explore the mountain ranges that make up a mountain system and learn about the people, animals, plants, and climate. After gathering information, students will work in teams to create a Field Guide.


Have you ever seen a real mountain?  Not here in Iowa, that's for sure.  To qualify as a mountain, a landform must be at least 2,000 feet high.  Mountains also are usually more rugged and jagged than hills.  A mountain can stand alone, but most are part of a group of mountains called mountain ranges.  Mountain ranges then join together to form a mountain system.  There are mountains on every continent on Earth.  In fact, mountains cover almost one fourth of the Earth's surface, so it's very important that we take time to learn about them.  Mountains are the home for many plants, animals, and people.  


Through this WebQuest you will answer many questions about mountains.  You will work with a partner to explore information about mountains, like "How are mountains made?"  "Where is the world's tallest mountain?  What is it called?  What is the tallest mountain in the United States? 

Follow the step by step directions on this WebQuest to create your own field guide to mountains.  Then choose one mountain system that you and your partner will become experts about.  Find out about the climate, the animals, plants and people who live there.  

 It is time to begin your Mountain Trek!