Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mystery Skype

"What was that sound?" my students asked on Friday. The sound? The internet "phone" was ringing. My students were challenged to decypher some mysterious clues from the other end. The callers' clues were:
They became a state on April 30, 1812.
The state bird is the pelican.
They are located in the middle of the country.
They celebrate Mardi Gras.

I had students split into four groups. One group was using iPads and computers to search for answers to the clues. One group was using their social studies book's atlas. Another group used laminated desktop maps. The fourth group gave our group's clues. Our clues were:
Water is not in short supply.
We are located in the northern part of the country.
We are known for the large cherry festival in the northern part of our state.
We have a mix of flat land, rolling hills, and low mountains.
Our community is known for our three identical bridges that appeared in Ripley's believe it or not.
We are located near --° N, --° W.

They were able to guess our location as Michigan, and we correctly guessed they were from Louisiana. My students were excited to learn Mrs. Sheperd's classroom had sent us a postcard as part of our exchange. Actually it was her postcard and a post about Mystery Skype that helped us connect. My students are also going to Skype another room, just to exchange information, on Thursday. They cannot wait.

A student from Mrs. Sheperd's class reads her clue.

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