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Summer SAVY, Session 1 Day 2, Cryptology Sect.1 (3rd – 4th)

Posted by on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 in blog, SAVY.

Hello Parents,  

What another amazing day of learning and growing we had today! Those sneaky costumed animals! We are learning more and more with each page we decode. The multiple-meaning words, puns, and idioms are adding so much to our understanding of the language of the book. There were quite a few surprises today; students began to discover that some of our clues may, in fact, be red herrings! Our predictions keep changing, so we are encouraging them to defend their choices with evidence from the text rather than just hunches.   

During the history minute, we looked at how codes were used in the Revolutionary War to protect secrets and communicate through spies like Nathan Hale and Lydia Darragh.   

Today’s math focus was Roman Numerals, and we discovered that similar to the Egyptians, this number system does not use place value. It does, however, matter where you PLACE the numerals. We played whiteboard games to stay engaged in the lesson. We practiced in game stations like Roman Numeral Bingo and War. We discussed where they might see Roman Numerals in their everyday lives. It was a great day of learning!   

For extra enrichment, go on a scavenger hunt in a store or your home to find Roman Numerals and decode them! Many of our code-breakers have been asking about sequels to our story, The 11th Hour. There isn’t one, but I have encouraged them to look for other stories like The Jewel Fish of Karnak also by Graeme Base. 

*Don’t forget to send a healthy peanut-free snack and a water bottle for the day along with their lunch.  

Have a great evening,  

Catherine Hayes