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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 2 – Hydrology 101 (1st/2nd)

Oct. 8, 2018—Streams, aquifers, and glaciers, oh my!  How does water move? We all know it flows, but did you know that water meanders, conveys, and infiltrates?! On Saturday, the students built models to replicate real-life processes. First, we built (and labeled) a meandering stream to observe erosion and deposition. We created flubber glaciers and tested different...

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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 2 – Games Galore! (1st/2nd)

Oct. 8, 2018—Today was another fantastic day in Games Galore! We are showing leaps of growth in our knowledge of how to evaluate the fairness of a game, and today, we added another layer of game-playing awareness with depth of understanding of theoretical probability and experimental outcomes! We reminded ourselves of the last activity we did at...

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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 1 – Hydrology 101 (1st/2nd)

Oct. 1, 2018—How much water is there? On Earth, there are more than 326 million trillion gallons of water, which covers 71% of the globe. That may sound like a lot of water, but less than 3% of all this water is freshwater. And of all the freshwater, more than two-thirds is locked up in ice caps...

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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 1 – Games Galore! (1st/2nd)

Oct. 1, 2018—What is fair in game playing? What is not fair in game playing? What criteria might we use to determine if a game is fair or if, we want to play a certain game that seems unfair? What are some likely purposes for wanting to play a game? How can we modify games to make...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Playing With Words (Rising 1st)

Jul. 27, 2018—The Open House was a lot of fun watching students doing word ladders with their parents, and showcasing their learning from our week of word play! It was a pleasure to meet parents of our new students, and to talk to parents of returning students. The students and I finished our last ant words (N-Z),...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 4 – Playing With Words (Rising 1st)

Jul. 26, 2018—Our word ladder this morning started with the word, present, which bumped us up to a 7-letter word for the start of our ladder. In addition, (yes, it was intentional), we got to discuss how some words may be spelled the same way, but have different meanings (homonyms), and that context is the key on...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 3 – Playing With Words (Rising 1st)

Jul. 25, 2018—We had such great fun with the next Antics words! Some students actually came in with some predictions of what some of the next words might be! Who would have thought that we could learn so many words from ants! Our next set of words were: immigrants, jubilant, Kant, lantern (from a student), lieutenant, and...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 2 – Playing With Words (Rising 1st)

Jul. 24, 2018—How many words can you make with ant in them? How about 26? We began reading a book called Antics, and as you can guess, each word with ant in it had an illustration featuring an ant or a group of ants. First I asked students if they could think of any new words to...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 1 – Playing With Words (Rising 1st)

Jul. 23, 2018—Climbing ladders can be a lot of fun, but climbing ladders with words is even better! We got to know each other well this morning by playing a word ladder. A word ladder is packed full of word play as we start with a word at the bottom of the ladder (ours was few), and...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 5, Day 5 – Becoming a Botanist (Rising 1st)

Jul. 20, 2018—It was a pleasure seeing all of our wonderful parents and other family members at the Open House today! The looks of excitement as your students’ faces as they told you about their week, was priceless. I will miss the students who will not be returning for our last session (hope to see you again...

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