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Build Week#3: Cold Case #T8523-15 Solved!

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Build Week#3: Cold Case #T8523-15 Solved!

An incredibly high-level and high-energy week just concluded at Long-View: Build Week #3 brought together work on chemistry, argument, forensics, logic, collaboration, and critical thinking, with a hint of mystery mixed in.

Build Weeks are a part of the rhythm of the yearly calendar at Long-View, opening our schedule up to allow us to dive into special activities and challenges. Build Weeks help us grow intellectually, help us make connections between disciplines, give us a chance to break the “routine” of school life, and give us an opportunity to try new things.

Build Week #3 also gave us the chance to meet new people. The week began with crime scene tape surrounding one classroom door and Detective Julie Long of the Austin Police Department showing up with a locked briefcase....

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Claim-Evidence-Reasoning in Science

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning in Science

This week in Science we moved into looking at natural hazards, and everyone is excited to share what they know about earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, etc and all the damage they inflict. Over the next weeks we will definitely increase our knowledge about how these geologic threats significantly alter human populations, activities, buildings, and land and we will explore the fact that humans cannot eliminate natural hazards but can take steps to reduce their impact.

However, underlying this exploration of natural hazards will also be some very important work around the practice of making a claim about an issue or about the merits of a solution, and backing that claim up with evidence (from observations, data, or texts) and also with clear reasoning....