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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 5 – Power of Poetry (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 26, 2019—Dear Parents: Happy Friday, and a very happy, celebratory, and rejuvenating last day of Poetic Play to all! I am, as ever, grateful to all the students this week for creating such a wonderful class community of respect, awe, and courage in themselves as rising writers, and in the world around them! Thank you, thank...

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 5 – The Great Debate (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 26, 2019—This week flew by! I was so lucky to have these 15 amazing children to work with this week! Today we some dub all we had learned yesterday about whether or not the government  is responsible for the welfare of the individuals. Students worked in groups to create a concept map. Then, with their same group,...

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 5 – Artistic Programming (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 26, 2019—Our last day was bittersweet. We’ve had a great week and it’s amazing how quickly it passed. This morning we used our coding skills to make a digital version of a perler bead design.  Then we made more art out of our designs by coding the image to move. We spent the remainder of the...

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 5 – Matter Mysteries (Rising 1st/2nd)

Jul. 26, 2019—Hello SAVY parents! I’m so sad to see this session end. We have had an awesome time learning all about matter while conducting experiments. Our last experiment consisted of the students making ice cream.  It was much more than just putting together milk, vanilla, and sugar. Students learned about the reaction that takes place when...

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 5 – Games Galore (Rising 1st/2nd)

Jul. 26, 2019—We were all excited to know that families were coming to visit us to see inside our Games Galore, Math Behind the Games course and play games! Our morning began with our final Guess Again game. This one was the toughest challenge with 10 items and lots of predicting to do. We had two guessers...

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Career Connections at SAVY 2019: Session 3, Day 4 – Science and Ethics of Gene Editing (Rising 7th)

Jul. 25, 2019—Today our main topic was genetic modifications in humans. We debated as a class whether gene editing in humans was good or bad and broke this discussion down into several circumstances to see if our opinions changed. We learned the difference between somatic and germline gene editing and how these can be applied to both...

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Career Connections at SAVY 2019: Session 3, Day 4 – Behavioral Economics (Rising 7th)

Jul. 25, 2019—I can’t believe we are nearing the end of the week. Today was an excellent adventure for our students as they were able to fully act as behavioral economists. This morning they designed their own studies aimed at observing some of the phenomena of human behavior. Groups conducted classroom studies with their peers as participants....

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 4 – Stellar Astronomy (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 25, 2019—Your students were scientists today!  In preparation for making a poster with an answerable research question, students first explored “Dr. G’s Approved Websites” – each student picked three of the 15 approved ones to complete some explorative questions.  Then students designed an answerable research question, carried out the research, made a conclusion, and designed a...

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 4 – Power of Poetry (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 25, 2019—Good afternoon, parents! This morning, we discussed Found Poems: poems that take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. We talked about how Found Poems are the literary equivalent of visual collages, and where we might take text as inspiration in the world: newspaper articles, street signs, grafitti, speeches, letters,...

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