Study of mountain climbing takes students to Mt. Kilimanjaro

Mountain climbers Eric and Stephanie Bruckbauer stand at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro with a poster from third grade students at Zablocki School.

Mountain climbers Eric and Stephanie Bruckbauer stand at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro with a poster from third grade students at Zablocki School.

Following their cross-curricular study of mountain climbing, third grade students in Ms. Schulteis and Mr. Hagen’s classroom at Zablocki School welcomed seasoned mountain climbers to their classroom for a presentation. After their presentation, Eric and Stephanie Bruckbauer were headed to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world! Imagine the students’ surprise when they received a photo of the welcome poster they made to greet their guests at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro!

During their study, students read two stories about mountain climbing, including “Mountains— Surviving on Everest” by Michael Sandler. They also studied the formation of mountains in their science classes and learned about the seven summits in their study of geography in social studies, both of which align to the rigorous Common Core State Standards.