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Spring SAVY 2023: Neuroscience Navigators for Grades 3 & 4

Jan. 30, 2023—Hello there parents and friends of the Neuroscience Navigators! Yesterday we welcomed your students to the wonderful world of neuroscience. The day started off with a big surprise, as both sections of the class combined to make one enthusiastic group of learners for the day. This allowed the students to get to know one another...

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Spring SAVY 2023: Spatial Smarts for Grades 1 & 2

Jan. 30, 2023—Dear SAVY Parents, What a great day of fun and learning! The children jumped right into the activities and discussions despite the idea of spatial reasoning as a mathematical task being a relatively new topic of study for them.  Math is the study of quantity, structure, space, and change. The concepts are fascinating, challenging, and...

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Spring SAVY 2023: Becoming a Botanist for Kindergarten

Jan. 30, 2023—Today we did several activities to get to know one another and build community. We shared background knowledge about plants and asked questions about plants to guide our learning. Through literature and whole group discussions, we discussed the role of a scientist in conducting investigations. Students were introduced to these generalizations about systems:  Systems have...

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Spring SAVY 2023: Cracking the Case (Mall) for Grades 1 & 2

Jan. 30, 2023—It was a very fun and exciting day today!  Students learned a little about each other and played some introduction games and started sleuthing! We investigated the office that a laptop is missing from, and really looked for clues, formed hypotheses, and tried to pay attention to the details to help us solve the crime! ...

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Spring SAVY 2023: Cracking the Case (Tyson) for Grades 1 & 2

Jan. 30, 2023—Dear Parents, Our first day was full of mystery! We found that someone had broken into the SAVY office and stolen a laptop! The first thing one of our friends said was that “we need to work together”! After that, we discussed the most important things to find the guilty party, such as evidence, observations,...

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Spring SAVY 2023: Secrets of the MoLi Stone for Grades 3 & 4

Jan. 30, 2023—What a great start to our spring SAVY session! I was blown away by the enthusiasm and excitement from our group of students! All of them came with a willingness to try new things, and it was fun to hear about their talents and passions as we introduced ourselves. In the morning we got to...

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Spring SAVY 2023: World Beyond the Page–Unpacking the Magic of Harry Potter for Grades 5 & 6

Jan. 30, 2023—Hello to all, magical and muggle alike! Our first day of Unpacking the Magic of Harry Potter allowed us to introduce our many insights into the world of Harry Potter to each other. We began with considering how Harry Potter has become a cultural phenomenon, and we considered how that phenomenon definitely comes with some...

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Spring SAVY 2023: Oh Deer! Wildlife Ecology for Grades 5 & 6

Jan. 30, 2023—What an AMAZING EARTH-TASTIC Saturday! Students started the day with team-building activities used scientific investigation tactics to discover students who shared their same interests.  Once we learned more about each other, we began to explore principles of ecology. Through notetaking and discussion, students learned key ecological terms such as organism, population, community, and ecosystems.  Once...

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Fall SAVY 2019: Day 3 – Spatial Smarts (Grades 3/4)

Oct. 8, 2019—Dear SAVY Parents, Thank you for the opportunity to work with your child at SAVY!  What an action packed day we had this past Saturday as we concluded our spatial reasoning studies with 3D stacks and maps as well as solid projections and slices.  There are so many ways these skills are used in high...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 4 – Witty Wordplay (Rising 1st/2nd)

Jul. 18, 2019—We were on fire for writing today! First we did a Word Ladder to warm up our word play mindset. Then we continued our evaluation of systems by looking for inputs and outputs as well as boundaries found in cafeterias. From our cafeteria system model, we began thinking about where we would be able to...

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