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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 1 – Math and Music (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 15, 2019—Hello, parents of mathemusicians! We spent almost the entirety of the day listening to, responding to, and discussing music, specifically the compositional techniques that artists use that incorporate some mathematical elements into them. We began with a look at sonata form and how it still pervades music today. Sonata form typically contains two themes, and...

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SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 1 – Dynamic Coasts (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 15, 2019—We had a great first day in Dynamic Coasts! We started the day by familiarizing ourselves with Google Earth, a tool that geo-scientists often use in their research. Google Earth allowed us to explore all the different coastal systems we’ll be learning about this week. We focused on understanding systems, their components, and how they...

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SAVY 2019: Session 4, Day 5 – Unpacking the Magic of Harry Potter (Holland W.) (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 12, 2019—I can’t believe how fast this week went!  It has been such an honor to work with such talented young witches and wizards. For our warmup this morning, the kids were tasked with coming up a catchy headline that might be found in The Daily Prophet.  They really know how to sell a headline! Next, we analyzed...

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SAVY 2019: Session 4, Day 5 – Unpacking the Magic of Harry Potter (Sarah B.) (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 12, 2019—Happy Friday, SAVY parents! It was so wonderful to meet many of you today at the Open House! We had a wild and wonderful last day here in the Harry Potter-verse. To start the day, we did an icebreaker where we composed Daily Prophet (the wizarding world’s newspaper) articles and shared them with the class....

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SAVY 2019: Session 4, Day 5 – Puzzles and Problem Solving (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 12, 2019—On our final day in Puzzles and Problem Solving, we looked at a couple of gold coin problems where students had a certain number of weighings on a balance scale to try to determine which coins were fake. Students quickly solved the nine-coin problem and set to work on the five-coin version. You would think...

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SAVY 2019: Session 4, Day 4 – Unpacking the Magic of Harry Potter (Holland W.) (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 11, 2019—Good afternoon magics and muggles! Wow! I cannot believe it is already Thursday. Our time together in the Potter-verse is coming to an end. We had another amazing day! For our warm up, the students tried their hand at potions.  They designed their own potions with names and ingredients.  Ask your child what kind of potion they...

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SAVY 2019: Session 4, Day 4 – Unpacking the Magic of Harry Potter (Sarah B.) (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 11, 2019—Hello, SAVY parents! We began our day with potion making! Students worked in pairs or threes to invent a potion and shared them with the class. The groups presented what their potion would do, what ingredients were needed to make it, and illustrations. After that, we had a discussion on libraries and censorship. We learned...

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SAVY 2019: Session 4, Day 4 – Puzzles and Problem Solving (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 11, 2019—Students worked very well on the Pirate Problem this morning! This is a problem that my (much!) older students often struggle with, and this class just tackled the issues head on and found a solution. As I have said many times, the answer to the original problem often just raises more questions. The original problem...

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