Sunday, September 23, 2012

Mystery State Skype Preparation

Is your state located West of the Mississippi?  Are there any bodies of water that border your state? These are just a couple of the questions that students are preparing to ask this coming week!  In preparation for our Mystery State Skype calls the students were involved in several 'map' activities this past week.

One activity required students to fill in a giant map of the USA with state names and capital cities.  The term "Political Map" was introduced and explained.  Other types of maps will be discussed throughout the year.  Click HERE to learn about different types of maps.

With a partner students were given a list of questions (see some of them below) which required a YES/NO answer.  They chose their own "Mystery State" and answered the questions based on THAT state.  The next step is to have the class ask these questions to see if they can narrow down the correct state.  These will be the questions that will be guiding our Mystery Skypes.

This week the students will research the bordering states, bodies of water, climate, landforms, resources, major cities, attractions, famous people and animals about Massachusetts.  These will be used in other Mystery Skype calls.  
  
                                
We are hoping to take a trip around the United States (and beyond) and learn about the different states in the process.  We will compare and contrast the regions and states of the USA and more.  We will be making connections with classrooms far and wide and thereby 'flattening' our classroom walls. 

Ask your child which state they decided to choose!

7 comments:

  1. I'm so excited for the mystery SKYPE It's immpossible to wait! Please reply. Thanks!

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    1. I am so excited too. Hopefully, our class will be able to guess where the other students are located. We are going to put a map on the wall outside the room to keep track of all the skype calls. Wouldn't it be great if we get all 50 states?

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  2. I cannot wait to find out where the "Mystery State" skype was today!!! Thank you Mrs. Carroll for keeping us all connected and learning!!

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  3. The mystery SKYPE was awesome! Their were a lot of great clues to help us figure out which state the other class was in. Can we do another one soon? Please reply. Thanks!

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    1. Sam - There were a lot of great clues. What I especially enjoyed is that they said they would connect with us again. I can't wait to learn about the Alamo!

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    2. is the next SKYPE going to be a mystery or will you tell us what state and/or country? Please let me know. Thanks!

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  4. Hey Mrs.Carroll we skyped Canada Kansas Indiana Nebraska and Conneticut those are 5 states that we skyped ! those are a lot of states when can we skype again wouldn't this be amazing if we skyped all 50 states !


    love Rebekah

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