Now called Mystery Location!
(Including not only Skype, but also Google Hangout)
Global Classroom Project,
Hello Little World Skypers
, and the
Global Virtual Classroom
have teamed up to create a Mystery Skype contact list! Our combined efforts will give you many contacts throughout the world. These contacts are dedicated teachers who strive to connect their students globally and provide a rich learning experience. Mystery Skype provides an engaging way for classrooms to introduce themselves to each other.
Third graders in a suburb of Chicago have 'traveled' to many places the first half of 2012.
TEACHERS - make sure you connect with the potential partner first to set a time/day to get together. Here are a couple things to help:
Time Zone Map
to Visualize where classrooms are located |
- for the time it is 'there' | What does a
Mystery Skype look like
Mystery Location 'How to..'
of world connections.
Students from Bulgaria connect
for the first time.
Beyond Mystery Location
Students will use map skills to find the location of the mystery classroom
Students will use communication and critical thinking skills to ask questions to help them find the mystery location.
Classes communicate with other classrooms via Skype or Google+ Hangouts.
Students will learn to respect and appreciate the cultures and customs of others.
Students will be able to see the differences and similarities between themselves and others around the world.
How it works:
(Advanced) Find the country/state or province/city of the other classroom by asking only YES/NO questions. A “YES” answer allows to ask another question. A “NO” answer gives the opposing group the chance to ask a question. 20 questions maximum. After each 5 questions a CLUE can be given.
(Intermediate) Find the country/state or province/city of the other classroom by asking only YES/NO questions. The same classroom will keep asking questions until they find the location. After each 5 questions a CLUE can be given.
(Beginning). Students will find the location of the other class using clues that the other class gives. It can go back and forth with each team taking turns with questions and answers. This will help younger students stay engaged and keep the frustration level at a minimum..
After the game: Each class can share facts and information about their home country and/or city.
Mystery Location Teams - give everyone a job!
• Greeters – say hello and tell something about the class without giving away location
• Inquirers – ask the questions
• Question Keepers – keep track of the questions and answers
• Mappers – use atlas, Google maps, etc. to zero in on the clues
• Digital Photographer/Videographer – captures the call with a digital and/or video camera
by JoAnn Fox.
Targeted Grade Levels/Age Groups:K-12
Find a classroom
for a Mystery Skype
Contact list is sorted by time zones.
The sign up form is here at the bottom of the page if you have not yet signed up.
Possible Mystery Location Questions:
1. Is your continent in the Eastern/Western Hemisphere?
2. Is your continent in the Northern/Southern Hemisphere?
3. Is your continent near the Atlantic/Pacific/Indian/Arctic Ocean?
4. Is your continent N. America/S. America/Africa/Europe/Asia/Australia/Antarctica?
5. Is it a big/small country?
6. Do you speak English as a first language?
7. Is it very hot in summer and cold in winter?
8. Is it north/south/east/west of...........?
9. Does your country border another country?
8. Are there mountains in your country?
9. Does your country have a coastline?
10. Is …...................the capital of your country?
11. Does your state/province border_?
12. Is your country/state/province north/south/east/west of?
13. Is your city in the north/south/east/west of your country/state/province?
14. Is your city the capital of your country/state/province?
1. The time is.
2. The season is.
3. We are north/south/east/west of_.
4. The beginning letter is .
5. We also speak French/German/Spanish/Mandarin etc...
Mystery Location 101
Teaching Geography with Mystery Location
If you would like to see a classroom in action during a Mystery call, check out the students in
Tammy Egesdal's 4th grade, Forest City, Iowa.
Notice the paper and digital maps that students us to help them discover where their caller is located.
What a great way to learn about geography!
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