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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 2 – Investigations in Forensic Science (Rising 2nd)

Jun. 19, 2018—Another great day here at SAVY! The students were eager to reevaluate the crime scene and review our findings from yesterday. The excitement is tangible throughout the room as students predict and share thoughts about possible outcomes! Today, we built our knowledge of DNA. We combined what we knew about fingerprinting and proteins and dove...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 2 – Animal Adaptations (Rising 1st)

Jun. 19, 2018—Happy Second Day! Today the students continued their work toward earning their Scientific Investigator Certificate by thinking as scientists, particularly zoologists. Students began their day showing off their knowledge of change by illustrating five ways in which a tree could change. This led to a discussion about the meaning of life cycles. They learned that...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 1 – Archetypes and Literature (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 18, 2018—Hello! Welcome to Encounters with Archetypes! This morning we established the different kinds of encounters we’d be exploring – those with situations, individuals, and ideas– and began our own encounters. Our situation: the first day of a new class with a lot of individuals who don’t know one another. So, we set about correcting that...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 1 – Puzzles and Problem Solving (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 18, 2018—The Puzzles and Problem Solving class first investigated the Ultimatum Game (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimatum_game) and the Prisoner’s Dilemma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisoner’s_dilemma). The students then played a 2-player card game, attempting to determine the winning strategy. The problem goes like this: “Given a deck of 21 cards, players alternate turns by taking one, two, or three cards (that is, you...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 1 – Story Gardening (Rising 3rd and 4th)

Jun. 18, 2018—The story gardeners had a busy, productive day today! After introductions, rules, and procedures, students took their pocket notebooks on an idea hunt. During a brief walk outside, they jotted down ideas that were sparked by things they saw, heard, or felt and shared them with the group. They discussed messy first drafts and the...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 1 – Animal Communications (Rising 3rd and 4th)

Jun. 18, 2018—Rising third and fourth graders dove into Animal Communication today like peregrine falcons on a stoop! Day 1 was full of learning and activities. After getting to know each other with some animal charades, the kids discovered their inner honeybees. We started with an exercise where teams lined up in the hall and sent workers...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 1 – Investigations in Forensic Science (Rising 2nd)

Jun. 18, 2018—WOW! Day one is already in the books! We had a fantastic first day together as we jumped right into our Cracking the Case- Investigations of Forensics course. The students were eager to see the crime scene and examine our suspect profiles. The students seem very enthusiastic to see how science can solve this mystery....

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 1 – Animal Adaptations (Rising 1st)

Jun. 18, 2018—Happy First Day! My little scientists are digging deep into a life science unit on animals, their characteristics, and their environments. Today students were introduced to the six investigation processes (make observations, ask questions, learn more, design and conduct the experiment, create meaning, and tell others what was found) described in the Wheel of Scientific...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 1, Day 5 – Biology and the Body (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 15, 2018—Today is our last day in Biology of the Body, however we still learned a lot and had a lot of fun! We first reviewed the material we learned throughout the week. Then, we finished our cell structure models and the microscope slide observations. To conclude our learning week, dove deep into exploring DNA, its...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 1, Day 5 – Bioarchaeology (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 15, 2018—Today was all about having the students tap into their newfound bioarchaeological knowledge and take the lead on teaching activities. The students began the morning by becoming detectives and solving real-life crime scenes that they began to build yesterday, using model skeletons, leaves from outside, and hand-made “artifacts” and “clues”. In their groups, the students...

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