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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 5- A Great Debate (3rd/4th)

Feb. 26, 2018—We are winding up SAVY with some amazing debates. This weekend we argued which are better; squid or octopi as well as sharks vs. whales and then moved on to the deeply passionate topic of Kroger vs. Target. We all have strong feelings about Target. Part of class was spent discussing what we will be...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 5- Unpacking Adaptation (3rd/4th)

Feb. 26, 2018—What a great Saturday we had! After a few warm-up games and a quick breeze through Aristotle’s Poetics, we turned our focus to new directions. Together we read Hiawyn Oram’s The Giant Surprise: A Narnia Story, a short work inspired by the world invented by C.S. Lewis. Though the story has no direct link to...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 5- Modified Organisms (3rd/4th)

Feb. 26, 2018—Good Afternoon Parents and Students! We started today by playing our favorite game where students write down something special to them (favorite food, place to visit) and I try to guess who it was. I will say I am getting better, but the students are definitely winning so far. Today we covered gene editing and...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 4- A Great Debate (3rd/4th)

Feb. 19, 2018—Saturday was another great day in Debate. We had some absences so our teams were remade and this required new topics! Fortuitous. We built on our policy style of debate by having two person teams spend five minutes each of guided time on the computer looking for actual evidence to back up our logical arguments....

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 4- Unpacking Adaptation (3rd/4th)

Feb. 19, 2018—Class, Wow, what a dreary rainy day we had to contend with! I imagine you felt a bit like the Pevensie children, cooped up and yearning for adventure! Perhaps that’s why is was best that our day’s focus was primarily on the text and on reading collectively the work of Mr. C.S. Lewis. We covered...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 4- Modified Organisms (3rd/4th)

Feb. 19, 2018—Hello Parents and Students! With all this bad weather what better place to be except inside the classroom?! Today we went over our results from the corn experiment. Everyone recorded the data collected from the class and determined….either they ate it or they didn’t (pretty much animals love food). We did have some outliers where...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 3- A Great Debate (3rd/4th)

Feb. 12, 2018—This week in debate we focused on exercising our objectivity in argument. It’s easy to debate the side you agree with, but much trickier to see a topic from all angles. Two students argued whether books were better than movies and the entire class had amazing input leading to a 7-6 split in favor of...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 3- Unpacking Adaptation (3rd/4th)

Feb. 12, 2018—Class, Thanks again for a fun, productive day! What with the rain and the gloom outside, today felt a bit like being in the wardrobe with Lucy: No matter the grey on the other side of the window, we had an adventure! We began with a quick warm-up game of Zip-Zap-Zop, followed by an exercise...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 3- Modified Organisms (3rd/4th)

Feb. 12, 2018—Hey Parents and Students! We had a great Day 3! Depending on your perspective… we are halfway done, or we still have halfway to go! Anyways, today we learned a lot about GMOs! We learned some good things and some bad things about them. We got to see how they were used in papaya and...

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Spring SAVY 2018, Day 2- A Great Debate (3rd/4th)

Feb. 5, 2018—Week two started off with a larger look at philosophy thanks to PBS’ Idea Channel on YouTube. This prompted some pretty deep questions and an excellent discussion, but most importantly, knowledge of how using “absolutes” can weaken any argument. Then, we created a pool of topics for each table of four; thanks to Mr. Hunter...

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