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Saturday, Oct. 19th 2013 at 8:30am-2pm
Spring Hill High School 11629 Broad River Road Chapin, SC 29036
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Harbison West 3rd Graders Mystery Skype with Students in Pennsylvania
Mrs. Ussery's 3rd grade class played a Mystery Skype game with Mrs. Abernathy's 5th grade class in Pennsylania last week. A Mystery Skype is a game played over Skype where the classes take turns asking one another yes or no questions to try to guess the state, province, or city that the other class lives in.
The class had teams that had designated jobs during the Skype. These jobs included:
• Greeters- introduce the class and tell something about the class without giving away location
• Inquirers – ask the questions
• Question Keepers – keep track of the questions and answers
• Question Answerers - responsible for giving accurate answers about our state (South Carolina)
• Mappers- keep track of clues on a map and help the Inquirers ask the right questions (paper map, Google map, wall map, etc.)
and everyone in the class had a paper map to keep track of the possible location and to rule out states that the class was not located.
Prior to the Skype, the class brainstormed some good questions to ask that would help them to quickly narrow down the opposing team's location. Some of their questions included:
1. Does your state border the Pacific Ocean?
2. Is your state big?
3. Is it very hot in summer and cold in winter/Do you have seasons?
4. Does your state border Canada?
5. Is your state in the Eastern part of the United States?
After about 10 minutes of back and forth asking great questions, Mrs. Abernathy's students guessed that that class was from South Carolina (they got a big clue when a student said "y'all"). But in the very next turn, Mrs. Ussery's students guessed that the other class was from Pennsylvania! So both teams guessed each other's location in the same number of questions. Next, Mrs. Abernathy's class shared their class pets with us- some lizards, a few chinchillas (including an adorable baby), and a ferret. That was a true highlight!
So, what did the students learn from the Mystery Skype? Obviously they learned about geography, but more importantly they learned problem solving, communication skills, about the culture of another classroom in another part of the world and they learned that learning is fun!
Do you want to try a Mystery Skype? Connect with other educators on the Skype in the Classroom- Mystery Skype page or search for the hashtag #mysteryskype on Twitter.