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Summer SAVY Session 4, Day 1, Operation Save the Beach

Posted by on Monday, July 10, 2023 in blog, SAVY.

Day 1:  Our mission to save the beach is off to a great start! This morning we got to know one another and discussed our background knowledge about beaches. I read Ada Twist, Scientist by Beaty Roberts to start a discussion about the importance of asking questions as we think like scientists. The students were introduced to the problem scenario. Residents of Dunesville, NC are concerned that a proposed summer camp will cause part of the city’s beach to erode into the ocean. The students are serving as members of the city council this week. They will investigate coastal erosion, research solutions, and determine if the summer camp can be built without harming the coastline. 

This afternoon, we did an in-depth lesson about systems. Students learned the characteristics of systems: elements, boundaries, inputs, outputs, and interactions. Students defined and illustrated these vocabulary terms in their notebooks. We discussed examples of systems. The students brainstormed with partners and came up with several great examples. To conclude this lesson, we discussed how a beach is a system. Students illustrated a beach and labeled the parts of the system. After ORA, students completed small group learning centers to extend their learning. Tomorrow’s focus will be weathering and erosion. I look forward to working with your children this week! 

Ms. Allison