Category Archives: McMains Crew

Back from Fieldwork on the Coast

Crew had an amazing learning adventure on the beaches, dunes, and redwood forests! The geology of the coast gave us the opportunity to observe the effects of plate tectonics near the Mendocino Triple Junction and a perfect vantage point to discuss the cycling of water around our planet. We set up some water experiments…and then, ironically, it rained all over them! We’ll set up new ones on campus this week…

The week ahead:
Math: We resume an exploration of area in our CPM textbook.
Expedition: We’ll dig deeper into the water cycle and the effects of tectonic plate motion on the Earth’s surface.
Literacy: Protected reading in Book Club on Monday and Tea & Treat discussion Wednesday / Writers Workshop Tuesday and Thursday with grammar Caught Ya’s and informative writing.
Fix-it Friday will happen Friday morning before Community Meeting to accommodate the BearWalk – this is for crew who need to re-test on expedition learning targets.

Other Happenings:
SELS Summit Day on Tuesday – permission slips needed! We will ride the bus to the trailhead for Castle Peak that begins behind the I80 rest area. Parent drivers will bring us back to school.
McMains Crew will run this Friday’s Community Meeting.Friday is the SELS BearWalk – students are reminded to wear school-appropriate costumes and comfortable walking shoes. Crew, remember to get those friends and family pledges for your laps – every cent you raise goes to your crewroom!
SELS will host a parent Math Night on November 6th – come experience the College Preparatory Math / Common Core math program to really understand the rich learning your child is experiencing. Discover the benefits of collaborative study teams and how this structure deepens your child’s fundamental conceptualization of mathematical ideas.


Goal-Setting Conference Week

Minimum days all week – please come prepared to your conference, with goals written.

Math – students are working to attain 85% accuracy on 5th grade /6th grade skills practice this week. No new lessons in the CPM program until after fieldwork.

Literacy – book clubs began reading their chosen books and are preparing Response to Literature papers to drive their part of discussion day on Wednesday.

Science Expedition
– crew will have an assessment on the Lassen fieldwork Learning Targets and last week’s Q-notes about plate tectonics.
They began filling out a study guide today to prepare for the test – it is downloadable here!

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