Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mystery Skype Call

What a great morning we had!
Last term Mrs McKenzie was inspired by a post by
 Mrs Yollis about a mystery Skype call
and was keen for the B4 children to do something similar.

During our Skype today, we had to find out what country the other class was in, and possibly whereabouts they are in 
that country, by 
asking CLOSED questions. 
The closed questions could only be answered by YES or NO.
We prepared some questions beforehand 
and thought about what the possibilities could be, depending on the YES or NO answers.

Every student had a job during the call.
Some were the SPEAKERS, and asked the questions.

Some were the CAMERA PEOPLE.

Some were NOTETAKERS and wrote YES or NO on the questions as they were answered.
Some were using the ATLASES and were eliminating or suggesting countries.

Others were the HELPERS and took the suggestions from the atlas people to the speakers.
After some great questions, they guessed first where we live.

Finally, we figured out that our mystery Skype callers were from Australia! 
Our callers were P-1-2 from Harston School!

Thanks P-1-2@Harston School, we had a great time talking to you.

What did you like about the Skype call?
What job did you do?
What job would you like next time?


  1. B4 I think that it such an exciting idea to do that with your students and to give them an opportunity to talk with students in another country while they are at school! I imagine that your students would have enjoyed the mystery part of the guessing game too! We haven't really done anything like that but its kind of inspired me to think about it, and our friends in the USA will soon be back at school so we can start calling them, when its a mystery of course!
    Mr Webb and Room 8, Melville Intermediate School, Hamilton, Waikato.

  2. So cool! I cannot wait to do this with my students. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Dear B4,

    How exciting that you had a Mystery Skype call! Isn't it thrilling! I like it because you have to really think about each question...What is a good question that will eliminate a lot of places? That's hard to do!

    The way each person contributed to solve the mystery is fantastic! Go team!

    Our first Mystery Call was with Mrs. Tolisano, and she made a fun movie of it complete with mysterious music! Here is a link to the video if you're interested:

    Langwitches' Video of the Mystery Skype Call

    For teachers, here is a link to a Google doc that Mr. Avery set up. Anyone can add their name to the list and have some mystery in their classroom!

    Find Classes for a Mystery Skype Call

    Did anyone have a job they'd like to do again? Which job would you like for the next Mystery Skype Call?

    Your friend,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

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  5. Dear B4
    The frog that we found in my brother shoes. We get to keep it. Or let it go this.

  6. Dear b4
    Today is My Friend Louisas birthday, I wonder what she got? Today I might know but First I might Need a clue and a big Fat Rat.

    From Lukah