McMains Crew News: April 9, 2012

Expedition Essential Question of The Week:

How Did Geography Affect the Early Settlement of India?

We start April with a wrap-up of the Wonders of Egyptian society. Our fieldwork day next week at the “King Tut ‘Wonderful Things’ from Pharaoh’s Tomb” exhibition will provide an opportunity to put context to the wonderful things we’ve been learning.

Then we begin a two-week study of the Wonders of Ancient India. Crew will read the on-line textbook independently as homework and use it to guide their foundation work in the interactive student notebook. In class, students will choose from a menu of learning activities to enhance their understanding of the geography, daily life, government and the arts of India. It promises to be a full and enriching two weeks!

Math

We gear up for some real-world data collection in our study of mean, median, mode and range and begin some investigation into the mathematicians of our ancient civilizations – Egyptians, Indians, Greeks and Romans all contributed to our bank of mathematical knowledge!

In Other News...

DOCUMENTARY UPDATE

To date, Geology of California has been entered in the following International Film Festivals:

  • Humboldt Film Festival
  • Yosemite International Film Festival
  • Santa Monica Teen Film Festival      
  • Nevada City Film Festival
  • Nevada International Film Festival,    
  • Sacramento International Film Festival,
  • Central Florida Film Festival
  • Cine Gear Expo, Los Angeles
  • Costa Rica International Film Festival, Costa Rica
  • Worldkids International Film Festival, Mambai India

Important Dates:

April 11 Minimum Day

April 18 Fieldwork: “King Tut ‘Wonderful Things’ from Pharaoh’s Tomb” at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Reno – drivers still needed!

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