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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 2 – Digital Storytelling (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 26, 2018—Hello parents,   What an exciting day in Digital Storytelling! We started the morning off waking up our brains with a free write and some creative time.  We then watched a story performance by James Judd given during a Snap Judgement live event. We analyzed it for the 3 Act Story Structure that we learned yesterday.  Ask your students...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 2 – Math and Music (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 26, 2018—We began Math and Music today by splitting up into two teams and laying the groundwork for our John Cage trial later in the week. I was impressed with how well the students worked to come up with their respective definitions of music! Of course the two sides will be presenting different definitions as they...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 1 – Digital Storytelling (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 25, 2018—Hi SAVY Parents! Today, the students spent their morning discovering the origin and uses of storytelling for themselves. In groups, I gave them prompting questions such as what is the oldest form of storytelling or why is it important to tell stories or create art? The students explored the Internet to find their answers. They...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 1 – Math and Music (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 25, 2018—Hello, parents of mathemusicians! We spent almost the entirety of the day listening to, responding to, and discussing music, specifically the compositional techniques that artists use that incorporate some mathematical elements into them. We began with a look at sonata form and how it still pervades music today. Sonata form typically contains two themes, and...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 5 – Archetypes and Literature (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 22, 2018—Hello and Happy Friday! Today was our day to try to pull together a week’s worth of learning.  Over the last couple of days we’ve done a more focused exploration of a single archetype in order to set up our final projects:  student-led presentations on selected archetypes, from water to the jester to the fall. ...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 5 – Puzzles and Problem Solving (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 22, 2018—On our final day in Puzzles and Problem Solving, we looked at a couple of gold coin problems where students had a certain number of weighings on a balance scale to try to determine which coins were fake. Students quickly solved the nine-coin problem and set to work on the five-coin version. You would think...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 4 – Archetypes and Literature (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 21, 2018—Hello all, Today we continued on with our quest for a deeper understanding of specific archetypes. Our focus was – of course — the quest. To start, the students were asked to develop images they associate with the word quest. Students drew swords, and treasure, and heroic types of all sorts. From there we shifted...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 4 – Puzzles and Problem Solving (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 21, 2018—I was so impressed with the students’ work on the Pirate Problem this morning! This is a problem that my (much!) older students often struggle with, and this class tackled the issues head on and found a solution. It was amazing to see their enthusiasm as they neared the answer and weren’t ready to be...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 3 – Archetypes and Literature (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 20, 2018—Hello and Happy Wednesday, During the past two days we worked on developing our understanding of archetypes and our ability to identify them in a variety of contexts. Today, we tightened our focus to look very specifically at a single character archetype: the leader. Our goal was to explore the complexities and possibilities of this...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 3 – Puzzles and Problem Solving (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 20, 2018—Most of the morning in Puzzles and Problem Solving was spent converting our classroom into an airplane…or at least a room with 13 seats and boarding passes. Consider the following scenario: The first person to board a fully-booked flight drops his or her boarding pass and doesn’t bother to pick it up. The person doesn’t...

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