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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 5 – Mystery and History (5th/6th)

Feb. 25, 2019—Our sleuths put in such great work today after they disembarked their canoes!  Their attentiveness made today’s adventure so much fun! We picked up with Nov. 25, 1783, Evacuation Day in New York City, to consider a new perspective on the revolution: the Loyalist perspective.  We discussed how as Americans our natural perspective is a...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 5 – Circuitry, Systems, and Design (3rd/4th)

Feb. 25, 2019—Dear SAVY Parents, Is anyone wondering about the implications of such wet weather on our local power grid? We did today! We are thankful for those that keep us powered up with great design planning and reliable responses to emergencies. In regard to being thankful – we are much appreciative to the quality support of...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 5 – Autobiographies and the Story of You (3rd/4th)

Feb. 25, 2019—It’s hard to believe that we only have one week left! Although we spent most of the day working on our final projects, we still carved out some time to stretch our understanding of the generalizations of change as depicted in “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and “True Colors” from the movie Trolls.  Not only did we...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 5 – Witty Wordplay (1st/2nd)

Feb. 25, 2019—We are as witty as a fox when we are playing with words, as smooth as silk when we are writing, and cool as cucumbers when we are presenting our writing in the Author’s Spotlight at the end of our morning. The author’s techniques and writing systems we looked at this morning through mentor books...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 5 – Wind and Wings: Beginner Biophysics (1st/2nd)

Feb. 25, 2019—It was a rainy but fun Saturday! We started class by finishing some research on insect wings and taking some time to compare different types of insect wings. Students noticed many of the variations and remarked on these structural differences. Students also build models of insect wings using their research and incorporating these differences. There...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 5 – Forensic Science (1st/2nd)

Feb. 25, 2019—Parents, I cannot believe our time with Spring SAVY is coming to a close!  Next week is Open House, and we look forward to you coming to see our completed case files and crime scene.  The students have had so much fun doing hands-on forensic testing and learning how science is used to incriminate suspects....

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 5 – Discovering the Third Dimension (Kindergarten)

Feb. 25, 2019—Morning meeting was enriched by several geometry shares from home: –     What is one student’s homemade ball made of? What interesting material forms its core? –     How is another student’s spherical puzzle similar to Rubik’s Cube? How is it different? –     What shapes would spiders see when looking down from the ceilings of the bedrooms of our classmates?...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 4 – The Water-Energy Nexus (5th/6th)

Feb. 18, 2019—February 18, 2019 Water-Energy Nexus Saturday’s class was great! We began by completing the analysis and discussion of our water filtration experiments from last week. In that experiment, we designed and tested the water treatment capacity of five different filtration media (activated carbon, cotton balls, coffee filters, macaroni, and aquarium gravel. Then, we reviewed that...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 4 – Mystery and History (5th/6th)

Feb. 18, 2019—And our Detective-Historians undertook still another quest this week!!  Was James Rivington a patriot spy or merely a loyalist who was also the king’s printer in New York City? To kick things off, we decided to follow the second step of good detectives (the first is to identify the question they will solve) and do...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 4 – Circuitry, Systems, and Design (3rd/4th)

Feb. 18, 2019—Dear Savy Parents, This day was filled with research and lively discussions pertaining to both issues related to electrical grids and a deeper understanding of how electrical currents work.  While most of this day was directed around texts, online articles, and jointly recording our thinking and questions for further consultation, we did find the opportunity to...

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