That's exactly what our fourth grade class did today. We connected with another fourth grade class on Skype and took turns with them asking yes/no questions to help determine each other's location. Not only did we use our mapping skills but also deductive reasoning.
Everyone in our class was assigned specific responsibilities during the Mystery Skype, and we took these duties seriously. Some of our jobs were photographers, recorders, tweeters, question leader, mappers, welcomer, and closer.
During the Mystery Skype two students recorded all the questions we asked and the questions that the other class asked us. The recorders wrote these questions on the whiteboards so they were visible to everyone in our classroom. This helped prevent us from repeating questions by accident.
|Questions the Other Class Asked Us|
|Questions We Asked the Other Class|
Students were highly engaged during our Skype session and worked well together. The students were able to determine the other school was in Iowa. The Mystery Skype session lasted approximately 25 minutes.
We are already looking forward to our next Mystery Skype.