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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 1 – Archetypes and Literature (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 18, 2018—Hello! Welcome to Encounters with Archetypes! This morning we established the different kinds of encounters we’d be exploring – those with situations, individuals, and ideas– and began our own encounters. Our situation: the first day of a new class with a lot of individuals who don’t know one another. So, we set about correcting that...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 1 – Puzzles and Problem Solving (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 18, 2018—The Puzzles and Problem Solving class first investigated the Ultimatum Game (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimatum_game) and the Prisoner’s Dilemma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisoner’s_dilemma). The students then played a 2-player card game, attempting to determine the winning strategy. The problem goes like this: “Given a deck of 21 cards, players alternate turns by taking one, two, or three cards (that is, you...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 1 – Story Gardening (Rising 3rd and 4th)

Jun. 18, 2018—The story gardeners had a busy, productive day today! After introductions, rules, and procedures, students took their pocket notebooks on an idea hunt. During a brief walk outside, they jotted down ideas that were sparked by things they saw, heard, or felt and shared them with the group. They discussed messy first drafts and the...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 1 – Animal Communications (Rising 3rd and 4th)

Jun. 18, 2018—Rising third and fourth graders dove into Animal Communication today like peregrine falcons on a stoop! Day 1 was full of learning and activities. After getting to know each other with some animal charades, the kids discovered their inner honeybees. We started with an exercise where teams lined up in the hall and sent workers...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 1 – Investigations in Forensic Science (Rising 2nd)

Jun. 18, 2018—WOW! Day one is already in the books! We had a fantastic first day together as we jumped right into our Cracking the Case- Investigations of Forensics course. The students were eager to see the crime scene and examine our suspect profiles. The students seem very enthusiastic to see how science can solve this mystery....

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 1 – Animal Adaptations (Rising 1st)

Jun. 18, 2018—Happy First Day! My little scientists are digging deep into a life science unit on animals, their characteristics, and their environments. Today students were introduced to the six investigation processes (make observations, ask questions, learn more, design and conduct the experiment, create meaning, and tell others what was found) described in the Wheel of Scientific...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 1, Day 1 – Biology and the Body (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 11, 2018—Today, students were introduced to our class motto, “Stay curious, look at your surroundings and ask questions”. They worked hard to follow this motto. They were engaged, had questions, and were very curious scientists. Then we learned about the anatomy of the body and its simplest components like cells, tissues, organs and systems. We learned...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 1, Day 1 – Bioarchaeology (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 11, 2018—Today, we dove head first into the exciting world of bioarchaeology. First, to build our community of scientists, we played People Bingo! The students went around collecting information to better know their classmates with questions such as “Have you ever broken a bone? Have you been out of the country? Have you ever seen a skeleton...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 1, Day 1 – Mighty Metamorphosis (Rising 3rd and 4th)

Jun. 11, 2018—In today’s session we began with a visual riddle: what do images of, among other things, a frog, Ebenezer Scrooge, a match, and even the word awful have to do with one another? Drumroll…they are all examples of transformations, whether of biology, psychology, chemistry, or etymology. In exploring the relationships among these items, we developed...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 1, Day 1 – Dabbling with DNA, Miss P (Rising 3rd and 4th)

Jun. 11, 2018—Hello Dabbling with DNA parents! Today was the first day of your child’s adventure into how scientists study DNA. Today we were all cell biologists and delved into the structure and function of cells and the organelles that are within it. Don’t know what an organelle is? Ask your young scientist at dinner or before...

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