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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 5, Day 4 – Chemical Spill, Miss Raff (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 19, 2018—Today, your scientists tackled another part of the scientific method: communicating results. We read a kid-friendly version of an article investigating the effect of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on fiddler crabs. Your bright students were able to identify the question, hypothesis, independent and dependent variables, controls, and constants in the experiment. They synthesized information...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 5, Day 3 – Poetic Play (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 18, 2018—Happiest Wednesday of Poetic Play! The week is whipping by! This morning, students worked on a creative writing exercise with “PoetryCubes” (adapted from the wonderful game, StoryCubes.) Students were each given a special “image-dice,” and asked to roll their dice, choose a category on the board (each category included one of the five senses, and a...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 5, Day 3 – Chemical Spill, Mr. Knorr (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 18, 2018—Hello Parents! Day 3 is in the books! We had another great day using the scientific method and our understanding of chemistry to help Vanderbilt clean up its chemical spill site. In the lab session, we saw the awesome power of chemical reactions! We tested the pH of an acidic solution and then added baking...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 5, Day 3 – Chemical Spill, Miss Raff (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 18, 2018—Due to recent events (the chemical spill!!), we spent the morning learning about different types of chemical spills. Your scientists worked as research teams to clean up an oil spill. They had to purchase clean-up supplies while staying within their $1,000,000 research budget. They learned that cleaning up an oil spill is not easy: it...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 5, Day 2 – Poetic Play (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 17, 2018—Welcome to Day 2! In today’s class, we focused on rhyme and inventive language. Students learned key terms of the day, including: alliteration, rhyme, end rhyme, slant rhyme, rhyme scheme, metaphor, similie, and imagery. Students spent the morning with a brief communal writing activity, titled, “Exquisite Corpse.” This is a traditional poetry game where each...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 5, Day 2 – Chemical Spill, Mr. Knorr (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 17, 2018—Hello Parents! I’m happy to report that your budding environmental scientists have been doing an amazing job in the classroom and outside! They have been picking up high school level chemistry and have a firm grip on the structure of atoms, elements, ions, chemicals, and environmental systems. I am VERY impressed by their deep understanding...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 5, Day 2 – Chemical Spill, Miss Raff (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 17, 2018—News broke this morning that there has been some suspicious activity near the study site. There had been complaints about suspicious vehicles, chemical smells, and funny tasting water. Your scientists decided to investigate the situation. After we reviewed all the information, we used the scientific method. Your students asked questions and developed hypotheses to try...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 5, Day 1 – Poetic Play (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 16, 2018—Dear Parents: Hello, and welcome to Poetic Play! I am so thrilled to begin this wondrous week with such talented, brilliant and creative young writers — thank you for your trust in giving me the opportunity to work with your students. I can’t wait to see what poetic creations we stir up as the week...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 5, Day 1 – Chemical Spill, Mr. Knorr (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 16, 2018—Good afternoon Parents! What an exciting first day we had! We enjoyed getting to know each other and taking our first look at some essential scientific principles. We discussed the scientific method, how it is a means for answering questions about the world. We also learned from Bill Nye that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof!”...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 5, Day 1 – Chemical Spill, Miss Raff (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 16, 2018—Hello and welcome to Chemical Spill! We had a very full and exciting Monday. We started off by discussing the scientific method. Your scientists learned about the components of a good research question and how the scientific method is used to conduct research. Then we moved on to chemistry! We focused on understanding elements and...

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