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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 1 – The Power of Poetry (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 22, 2019—Hello parents! It’s been a wonderful start to our week, as we begin to understand and practice the power of poetry. We started off today’s class by getting to know each other with an icebreaker, “Two Truths And A Lie” (our class is well traveled, but they might be too good at crafting lies…) Students...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 5 – Math and Music (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 19, 2019—The trial of John Cage was a rousing success! I was so impressed with the work done by both sides to put together an spirited, engaging, yet respectful debate. In the end, John Cage was declared guilty of crimes against music! Some excerpts from the trial are posted on the SAVY Facebook page. I had...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 5 – Dynamic Coasts (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 19, 2019—This week was a blast! We started out the day by reading a scientific paper. In this study, scientists drilled holes into seawalls to create artificial rock pools. They wanted to see if this would help algae and organisms live on hardened coasts. Then we investigated sea level changes over time from both satellite and...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 4 – Math and Music (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 18, 2019—I am so excited to see the students perform in the trial of John Cage tomorrow! They have been working very hard, and many of them finalized their respective tasks today. They will have a little prep time in the morning, either to refresh their memory about what they are doing or put the finishing...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 4 – Dynamic Coasts (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 18, 2019—In the morning we learned more about coastal hazards like ocean acidification, hurricanes, tsunamis, and oil spills. Students worked in groups to research and develop presentations on one of these topics. They shared their findings to the rest of the class. After lunch, we learned about radioactive decay and how scientists use radiometric dating (like...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 3 – Math and Music (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 17, 2019—This morning the mathemusicians continued their work preparing for the trial of John Cage on Friday. This morning, both teams determined their witnesses and shared them with the opposing side. Taking the stand for the prosecution will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Julian Dodd. Speaking for the defense will be Weird Al Yankovic and Albert...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 3 – Dynamic Coasts (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 17, 2019—What a busy day! We got to experiment with a stream table in a research lab in Vanderbilt’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Department! This activity helped us better understand how rivers erode and deposit sediment. We were also able to see what happens to a stream when base level drops. In the afternoon, we spent...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 2 – Math and Music (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 16, 2019—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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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 2 – Dynamic Coasts (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 16, 2019—Today, we dove deeper into the processes that influence coasts and drive coastal change…literally and figuratively! We learned about isostasy and how the lithosphere (crust and upper mantle) floats on the asthenosphere (below the lithosphere; upper mantle) and responds to changes in loading and unloading. We linked this idea to the ideas of subsidence and...

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