Friday, November 1, 2013

Geo Detectives on the Loose!

"X" might mark the spot on your handy treasure map, but today marked the day of our crew's very first #MysterySkype. Oh, what fun! Take a peek!

Our detective skills were primed weeks ago, when we started learning about maps. We learned about different types of maps, including globes, world maps, our country's map, and even treasure maps! Then we went on a hunt to find countries whose names start with each letter of the alphabet--we thought about putting our list here, but then figured our readers might want to try it, too. So, you get to go on your own hunt! :)

Once we understood where WE are compared to the rest of the world, we brainstormed some questions to ask others--and how to talk about where we live WITHOUT giving it away!

The Greeters introduce our group, after listening to our mystery
partners...unfortunately our video wasn't working so we didn't
get to see each other, but it was awesome listening practice!
(I think it made my crew less nervous, too!)

The State Seeker, narrowing it down..."Are you west of Missouri?"...

The new Globe Master--she was figuring out their clues! Our
partners didn't live in a state, but they lived in North America!
One of the Greeters asking more questions about their weather,
what they are famous for, and what languages they speak.

The Atlas Readers get a little help from the Globe Master.
Looks like they narrowed it down...our partners lived in a
province famous for maple syrup and hockey. And near a lake,
but not an ocean.
Double hmmm...


(The kids guessed Ontario, but Ms. Rachamim's class helped us with the city--and guess what we found in our atlas! A picture of their famous landmark, the Canadian National Tower!)
Thanks for a great first MysterySkype!

For their ticket out the door, I asked the kids for one thing they learned:

D-"that they are famous for maple and hocky"
A.L.-"that they have the tower"
J.A.-"that they had differet selprashons" (celebrations)
M-"they live in ontario"
J-"they have a school and in school speak English"
Z-"it was cool because they told us meny questions it was cool"
L-"we can learn new places"
A.S.-"it was great"
J-"they have a school and a different name and speak English and france"

To our new friends in Canada, thank you again for sharing your time with us! 

For our readers--what are your experiences with Mystery Skype? What are some jobs that your students have during the skype session? And do you have any fun stories you can share with us below?

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