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Summer SAVY 2019: Session 2, Day 3 – Environmental Explorations (Rising 1st/2nd)

Posted by on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in Grade 1, Grade 2, SAVY.

Greetings from Day 3 of Environmental Explorations, here at SAVY!

We talked at length today about natural and man-made materials, as well as what happens with renewable and non-renewable resources, as they are used.  We used beans to represent how materials are used, especially as populations grow.
Did you know that Davidson county generates over 1 million tons of waste, each year? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=f_pYiqI_sD0)
We found that out today, as Ally Miller, from Metro Public Works and Turnip Green Creative Reuse came to visit us today. At the end of her visit, the students were able to make cards for someone special from recycled file folders, cut up magazines, and previously unused greeting cards!
We used cubes with animals and environmental conditions printed on them to see how if one thing changed, how it would affect something else. The students really enjoyed rolling these and figuring out how one change could really affect many other situations.
We talked about how dark colors and light colors absorb or reflect light and did an experiment outside to prove what we learned, using balloons and recycled water bottles painted white or black.
We even had a debate, to determine if residents of the fictitious island we started talking about yesterday should change their source of power from fossil fuels to solar power, in order to reduce pollution to their water and air.
Tonight, you and your student could talk about ways your family could use solar energy, as well as identifying advantages or disadvantages of this energy source.
Tomorrow, we will dive into a study of soil, plants, erosion, and pollution, which should prove to be very exciting!
Until next time, stay SAVY!