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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 2 – Mysterious World in Writing (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 10, 2018—Dear Parents: We had another wondrously suspenseful day in Mysterious World of Writing today! In the morning, students started off the day with a quick round of Storycubes and Plot Diagramming. We reviewed all the elements of a literary story structure: exposition, rising action, climax, and resolution. At their tables, students were given two Storycubes die and asked...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 2 – Intro to Business (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 10, 2018—Simulation time! Today we tested our skill at picking out investments which were perfectly modeled by a single die. This helped us learn about the trade off between risk and return. Students came up with the idea that being riskier in the early rounds of the simulation was better than taking risks later…they could already...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 1 – Mysterious World in Writing (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 9, 2018—Welcome to Mysterious World In Writing, parents! So happy and honored to be trusted with your students for the week, and I look forward to our mysterious literary adventures ahead. This morning, we opened the class with a discussion of our initial assumptions about mysteries and mystery-writing. The students were incredibly enthusiastic about mysteries they’ve...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 1 – Intro to Business (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 9, 2018—Today we embarked on our journey into the world of Wall Street. Most students began the day having never heard the phrase “strategic investing” so we started by answering the following questions by first using the words “investment” and “market” as they are typically used to hearing them. What is an investment? Students came up...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 5 – Digital Storytelling (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 29, 2018—This morning we watched a short clip of author Neil Gaiman telling a story from his childhood as our story bit. We discussed how Gaiman uses the storytelling elements we have been talking about throughout the week. He is an author, so his delivery was different of those that we have seen, but we discussed how...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 5 – Math and Music (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 29, 2018—The trial of John Cage was a rousing success! I was so impressed with the work done by both sides to put together an spirited, engaging, yet respectful debate. In the end, John Cage was declared not guilty of crimes against music! As I told the class, their efforts would have been competitive with that...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 4 – Digital Storytelling (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 28, 2018—This morning we discussed character development. We started by watching the Pixar short “Lou.” This story displays how with very little dialogue, details and showing become a very important part of developing a character. We gravitate to the stories that show us who the characters are through action versus stories that tell us passively about the...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 4 – Math and Music (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 28, 2018—I am so excited to see the students perform in the trial of John Cage tomorrow! They have been working very hard, and many of them finalized their respective tasks today. They will have a little prep time in the morning, either to refresh their memory about what they are doing or put the finishing...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 3 – Digital Storytelling (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 27, 2018—Hello Parents,   We had a full day today! We started off with our morning creative writing time and story of the day. This morning it was “Feast“, a Pixar short film. We followed the 3 act adventure of a lovable little dog in his quest to make his owner and his stomach happy.   ...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 3 – Math and Music (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 27, 2018—This morning the mathemusicians continued their work preparing for the trial of John Cage on Friday. This morning, both teams determined their witnesses and shared them with the opposing side. Taking the stand for the prosecution will be Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alan Turing. Speaking for the defense will be Paul Simon and Isaac Newton. The...

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