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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 6/Day 1- Mystery and History (Rising 4th/5th)

Posted by on Monday, July 24, 2017 in SAVY.

Welcome to History and Mystery!  Today, we had a fun and exciting start to the week!

This morning, we began with introductions and did some brainstorming about what we know about history and about mysteries.  We thought about where the overlap might be.  Students got to design their own detective’s notebook and created a list of the items to take in their detective cases for our journey this week.  We even came up with our own detective aliases.  Our detective cases contained everything from flashlights and magnifying glasses to microscopes, lasers, and cats.

 After ORA, we embarked on our path of discovery for the day and journeyed with the Vikings.  First we thought about the ways Vikings show up in media, comics, movies, etc.  Then, our sleuths came up with a great list of “who done it” questions that we wanted to ask as we delved into the history.  This afternoon, they sought the answers to these questions and learned about Viking motivations for expansion, economy, areas of exploration, longboats, and helmets.  We learned that archaeology is a very important way that we can learn about the Vikings and their cultures.  Finally, each student designed his or her own Viking helmet, and some got far enough to design their own Viking ships.

 What a great start to the week!  On to the next mystery tomorrow!

Dr. Frances