Summer SAVY 2023 Session 1, Day 4 – Data Discoverers
Day 4: Today’s SAVY forecast was exciting with a lot of rain! HUH? Students continued learning about historical research while focusing on extreme weather! Our goals today included students gathering weather-related information by researching on the computer, analyzing weather-related data and proposing conclusions, and presenting results to classmates.
Like yesterday, students worked on a group-based question first and then developed their own research question to answer. Many students were interested in tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and blizzards! Their presentations were in the form of newscasts! Each student used their research to write a fictional news report that was based on the extreme weather. We have some natural reporters in our session! Maybe one of them will become a meteorologist one day! What we can’t predict though is the weather! Ask your child about some of the weather bloopers we watched! To extend their learning at home, have your child practice reading different weather graphs, or watch the weather together on the evening news! If they feel brave enough, have them present their news reports to the family!
We also continued to wrap up other activities from the week. Yesterday we completed a class survey on what the students saw as a potential SAVY problem. Today they created posters that communicated the five steps of the research process for their survey question. Tomorrow they will present the data to the SAVY directors in hopes that some additional courses are added to future SAVY sessions.
Finally, we had our last guest speaker come talk to us! Ms. Caitlin Churchill from Possip came and taught us about the “positive gossip” that results from their surveys! She talked to the students about the power of praise and feedback their surveys provide. One of the students’ favorite parts was playing telephone at the end as a class. They quickly learned how news changes when it goes through several people before hearing it!
Tomorrow students will finish their final research projects on a problem of their choice. They will choose their favorite type of research to develop a question around and will create a visual to display the five steps of research!