Category Archives: Williams Crew

Expedition: Cartographers and Commanders
Students will begin by learning the basic means of navigation during the Age of Exploration: compass and map. They will learn how to operate these tools effectively, generate maps, and apply these skills in the field on an overnight camping trip to the Sierra Crest. The students will then research what motivated different countries’ explorers to sail into uncharted waters and risk their lives during the Age of Exploration. Students will debate what impact famous explorers had on the world and if their impact was positive or negative. The expedition will culminate in a high quality board game that incorporates map and navigational skills, historical facts, and explores legacies all in one.
Expedition: What the Cell?!
What do we have in common with plants, animals, and bacteria?  Throughout this spring expedition, students will begin by diving deep into the world of cells:  the building blocks of life.  They will learn the form and function of plant, bacteria, and animal cells.  We will use this foundation to progress towards genetic theory.  Students will learn the basics of genetics, apply that knowledge to their own genetic background, and analyze controversial current genetic issues.  After exploring the microscopic world of cells and DNA, students will then explore the various body systems and how each cell has a specific task throughout the body.  This expedition will be highlighted by field work in the bay area at premiere genetic laboratories and Stanford Medical School.
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Williams Crew Update 2-8-15

Williams Crew Families,

Williams crew has been extremely productive this past month.  We have concluded our fall semester and our fall expedition and now we are on to science and the “What the cell?!” expedition.  To kick-off this expedition, the students investigated whether or not fire is alive.  Ask your child to give you evidence of why fire could and could not be alive. Continue reading Williams Crew Update 2-8-15

Williams Crew Update 1-8-15

Williams Crew,

I hope everyone had a fun, restful break.  Hopefully, we are all ready to tackle a great new year at SELS. Here are a few updates:

Expedition:  During the next month we will be studying the Meso-american tribes (Aztec, Maya, and Inca tribes), and investigating the impact of the European explorers on the local people they encountered.  We will be working on this until the end of the semester on January 30. Continue reading Williams Crew Update 1-8-15