McMains Crew News: May 16, 2012

What A Month!

We are preparing two major products, for Celebration of Learning and Passages, at the same time we are exploring our last ancient civilization and preparing to share our documentary with the community - it is an intense period of new learning and self-reflection!


The McMains Crew (Blue Bear Productions) is excited to share our documentary film with the community! If you haven’t already seen the event on the SELS website, or Facebook page, please share and invite!

Geology of California, 4,500,000,000 years in the making. is making its premiere:

Wednesday, May 30

The Resort at Squaw Creek, Alpine Room A-B

Doors open at 6:30

Showtime: 7:00

The resort also made a generous offer of a 10% discount at Sandy’s for anyone who wants to eat before the show.

Hope to see you there!

In other news,

Worlds Of Wonders Expedition: Essential Question of the Week: What are the wonders of Ancient Rome?

The motto of the week is, “ Rome wasn’t built in a day but we’re going to learn it in it in a week…!”

Crew are working in 5 guilds to prepare a display of an aspect of the ancient Roman Civilization that

answers an essential question:

  • How did the Etruscans and Greeks influence Ancient Rome?
  • What caused the rise and fall of the Roman Empire?
  • How did the social structure of Rome change over time?
  • What are the lasting influences of the Roman Empire?
  • Who were some of the most important historical Roman figures?

AND teaches the rest of crew the information needed to meet these Learning Targets:

  • I can name at least 5 influential Romans and explain their contributions
  • I can recognize and list examples of Roman influences in my modern world
  • I can name the two social classes in ancient Rome under Etruscan rule and explain how they changed.
  • I can explain at least two major events that caused the change from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire
  • I can describe at least 6 ways that the Etruscans and Greeks influenced Ancient Rome.


How Likely Is It? Crew delved into the world of probability with a challenge to design a problem that can be solved using experimental probability. Every team created a different problem and the materials chosen included decks of cards, dice, and colored cubes. They are now defining and determining both experimental and theoretical probabilities, discovering how dependent and independent events affect outcomes and will soon become experts at analyzing games of chance!


May 16, 17 STAR testing

May 18 Lockin

May 28 Memorial Day

*May 30* Film Premiere! Geology of California, at the Resort at Squaw Creek , Showtime 7:00!

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