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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 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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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 3 – Stellar Astronomy (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 24, 2019—Another mind-blowing day! We began our day in the computer lab to work on our stellar evolution computer simulations again.  Students enjoyed their movies and also learning about how astronomers speak and use evidence.  Most students were able to design and complete data acquisition and analysis by the time lunch rolled around 🙂  After lunch...

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 3 – Power of Poetry (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 24, 2019—Happy Wednesday, parents! Our notebooks are beginning to fill up, which must mean that we’re already over halfway done with our week together! This morning, students worked on a creative writing exercise with “PoetryCubes” (adapted from the wonderful game, StoryCubes.) In groups, students were given a special “image-dice,” and asked to roll their dice, choose a...

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 2 – Stellar Astronomy (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 23, 2019—Today in Stellar Astronomy, we did a mixture of lecture, experiment, and lab! In response to some requests from yesterday, we looked at and listened to the pulses from pulsars at these three websites: Jodrell Bank Observatory, a better-set-up site than JBO, and Sounds from Space.  Make sure you check out the audio file with the 16...

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 2 – The Power of Poetry (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 23, 2019—Dear Parents: Welcome to Day 2! In today’s class, we focused on rhyme and inventive language. Students learned key terms of the day, including: rhyme, end rhyme, slant rhyme, rhyme scheme, metaphor, similie, and imagery. Students spent the morning with a brief communal writing activity, titled, “Exquisite Corpse.” This is a traditional poetry game where...

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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 1 – Stellar Astronomy (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 22, 2019—We had a mind blowing day in astronomy today!  The students are so excited to learn and ask all of their questions about astronomy! We started out the day with introductions of each other – it’s great to learn what people have in common and to learn about something new and to practice speaking as all...

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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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