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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 2 – Mystery and History (5th/6th)

Feb. 4, 2019—What a great detective adventure we’ve had this week! Our sleuths brought their A game to this week’s historical mystery. We kicked off by comparing the goals of detectives and historians and the processes that they follow to achieve those goals: 1) Identify the mystery or major question 2) Conduct background research 3) Hunt for...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 2 – Circuitry, Systems, and Design (3rd/4th)

Feb. 4, 2019—Dear SAVY Parents! We agreed that we were all so thankful for systems this week!  Schools systems worked with communications systems to evaluate cold weather systems that might be affecting transportation systems.  HVAC systems that kept us warm depended on functioning electrical systems!  What output changes would occur if some elements of the electrical system...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 2 – Using Algebra to Make and Break Records (3rd/4th)

Feb. 4, 2019—Hello SAVY parents! I’m so excited about our second Saturday learning Algebra by making and breaking world records. In this week’s lesson, we attempted to break a world record by pushing an orange with our nose. The students obtained a wealth of knowledge and a multitude of skills while they were also having fun! The...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 2 – Autobiographies and the Story of You (3rd/4th)

Feb. 4, 2019—Day 2 was just as amazing as last week! After Jumping into the Day and reviewing our norms, we discussed three generalizations about change. Ms. Adrienne and I then divided the class and took turns reading Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai and Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson.  After reading these powerful picture books, students...

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

Feb. 4, 2019—What is a system? What are the components of a system? How can a system be identified? To determine and understand these questions, we evaluated a place we are all familiar with, a school cafeteria. Working with parts of a system, we brainstormed elements of a cafeteria first, where students came up with food, tables, chairs, plates,...

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

Feb. 4, 2019—It was another great class on Saturday! I can see the students developing relationships with their peers as our course progresses. It was especially noticeable this week as students worked together and helped each other out with some research on birds. One of the great things about a SAVY class is that students have the...

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

Feb. 4, 2019—What another fantastic week! Students were thrilled to continue solving our mystery!  Our focus this week was on testing for acids and bases in aqueous solutions.  We extended our basic understanding of chemistry and how analyzing patterns at a molecular level can reveal patterns and relationships that are crucial for solving crimes.  We used the...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 2 – Discovering the Third Dimension (Kindergarten)

Feb. 4, 2019—This week, we investigated the link between form and function. Our geometers first explored a collection of toys with forms that are – or are similar to – four geometric solids: six-sided dice (cubes), spinning tops (cones), hockey pucks (cylinders), and marbles (spheres). During the exploration, students were charged with thinking about the attributes of a given...

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 1 – The Water-Energy Nexus (5th/6th)

Jan. 28, 2019—Today was a great first class! I noticed a range of prior knowledge and we’re hoping to build on that over the course of the session. The students arrived around 9:15am. They sat with girls on one side and boys on the other at first, and some students clearly knew each other before this class....

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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 1 – Mystery and History (5th/6th)

Jan. 28, 2019—Welcome to Mystery and History! Our first class was great! For our first session, we did a lot of brainstorming and setting the stage so that we can run with full-fledged mysteries in each of our subsequent meetings. It was so much fun to meet each of our sleuths. They have great attention for detail...

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