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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Theory, Criticism, and The Force (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 27, 2018—We began our session today with a fun review of topics and content. To contextualize the work with which we had ended our Thursday session – Edward Said’s theories of “Orientalism” – we watched a short video about cultural appropriation. The video, a selection from the MTV web series Decoded, led organically to a very...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Archaeology and Ancient Culture (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 27, 2018—What an awesome week we have had with our budding archaeologists! Today was all about excavation and artifact analysis! After we finished working on our brochures from yesterday, we started working on excavating the archaeological sites we created yesterday. Just like real archaeologists, students had to excavate layer by layer. This was a challenge because...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Programming and Robotics (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 27, 2018—Dear Parents, We have had a wonderful week with your children! The students have worked hard in learning our coding vocabulary and applying it to their code.org programs and in programming the Sphero robots. They worked well with each other in pair programming and problem-solving their programs. It has been a pleasure working with a...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 4 – Archaeology and Ancient Culture (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 26, 2018—It’s Day 4 already!!!! Today, we started pulling all the big ideas about social, economic, and political systems together! This morning, our students read a really challenging reading about the Maya collapse. There were a lot of challenging words, but our students powered through and understood more of it than I had expected! We discussed...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 4 – Programming and Robotics (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 26, 2018—Dear Parents, Happy Thursday! Only one more day with your awesome children and we will be sad to see them go. We had a productive day today learning more vocabulary, advancing with our code.org lessons, and programming our robots. We began the morning with a live demo. I did this to show the students how...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 3 – Archaeology and Ancient Culture (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 25, 2018—I can’t believe we are over halfway through our week already! Today was a really fun day! We started by reviewing what we learned yesterday about Maya economic systems before we moved on to political systems. We also learned about some of the methods archaeologists use for dating artifacts and sites by practicing dating artifacts...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 3 – Programming and Robotics (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 25, 2018—Dear Parents, Happy Wednesday! The week is flying by and the students are having a blast. We can’t wait to show all the parents how hard we have been working on our robots and programs. We spent the morning reviewing vocabulary again, and we added a few new words including: define, program, sequencings, and condition....

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 2 – Archaeology and Ancient Culture (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 24, 2018—Our archaeologists had a very challenging day today! First, we reviewed everything we learned yesterday about the kind of work that archaeologists do and how social systems work. After reviewing the concept of systems and spending a little more time discussing Maya social systems, we moved on to economic systems. Understanding and conceptualizing economic systems...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 2 – Programming and Robotics (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 24, 2018—Dear Parents, We had an busy and productive Tuesday! The students were excited to be back in the classroom after getting to explore programming and Sphero robots yesterday afternoon. To prepare for our afternoon of programming the robots, we reviewed concepts that we learned yesterday in class, including algorithms, debugging, loops and conditions. To make...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 1 – Archaeology and Ancient Culture (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 23, 2018—Dear SAVY parents, Our budding archaeologists had a wonderful first day in Mesoamerica! Students arrived ready to learn, and everyone showed their excitement right off the bat! We began this morning by playing People Bingo to get to know one another! Sort of like a scavenger hunt, students had a lot of fun asking each...

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