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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 5- Earth Explorers (1st/2nd)

Feb. 26, 2018—Day 5: Streams and Groundwater After refining our vocabulary and geomorphological processes, we headed into the Vanderbilt Earth and Environmental laboratory to build a stream. Students had the opportunity to model all the physical processes (e.g. meandering, erosion, deposition, and channelization) that make up river networks! Students also learned a bit about my favorite water...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 5- Ecological Expedition (1st/2nd)

Feb. 26, 2018—Happy Fifth Day! The students began the day by reviewing abiotic and biotic factors. As ecologists, they participated in a quick debate “Should humans interfere in ecosystems?” by reading an article and watching a video about the spread of wild boars and the decrease of the tuber population. As mathematicians, they constructed graphs to show...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 5- It’s Elemental (1st/2nd)

Feb. 26, 2018—Well it is almost the end of It’s Elemental and we are ending with lots of energy and excitement. This week we learned about different groups on our periodic table such as alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, or noble gases. We then adopted an element. We read a short page that focused on elemental properties,...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 4- Earth Explorers (1st/2nd)

Feb. 19, 2018—Yesterday in Earth Explorers we learned about the world of water. We discussed the water-cycle and investigated some parts of it individually including making our own clouds in plastic bottles. We learned how much water is distributed between different sources, with only fractions of a percent of the global water budget being available for us...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 4- Ecological Expedition (1st/2nd)

Feb. 19, 2018—Happy Fourth Day! As ecologists, the students revisited the debate “Should humans cut down trees?” by reading about reasons for and against deforestation (cutting down trees). They viewed the videos, “Food Chains” and “Abiotic and Biotic Factors” and afterwards examined how living things interact through food chains by analyzing the benefits of producers, consumers, and...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 4- It’s Elemental (1st/2nd)

Feb. 19, 2018—We started It’s Elemental this week by reviewing some properties of elements. We learnt more about reactivity with an interesting demonstration using pennies. Pennies coined after 1982 are made by coating zinc with copper instead of using pure copper. Since zinc is more reactive with acid, new pennies with exposed zinc will react to form...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 3- Earth Explorers (1st/2nd)

Feb. 12, 2018—Geomorphologists study the Earth’s landforms, processes, and sediments at the surface of the Earth. Today we discovered how rocks are made, weathered, eroded, and moved! Students created their very own rock cycle and were able to connect various topics we discussed over the past few weeks. For the second half of class, we explored the...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 3- Ecological Expedition (1st/2nd)

Feb. 12, 2018—Happy Third Day! Today the students listened to a reading of The Great Kapok Tree by Lynn Cherry. They paid close attention to the interactions found within the text of the story. The students were divided into small groups based upon their understanding of the story. They created Literary Analysis Cubes to aid in their...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 3- It’s Elemental (1st/2nd)

Feb. 12, 2018—Week 3 in It’s Elemental had us completing experiments, creating some scientific art, and watching a demonstration that got some of us splashed with water. We started with reviewing our subatomic particles- the protons, neutrons, and electrons. We learned how each element has a different number of protons, for example the number of protons is...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 2- Earth Explorers (1st/2nd)

Feb. 5, 2018—Day 2 in Earth Explorers was all about VOLCANOES! With we quick recap about tectonic plate movement, we delved into how rock is made and destroyed in Earth’s mantle. Then we discussed how volcanoes play a role in this process. Vents that release hot lava, volcanoes can come in many shapes and sizes. They also...

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