Geography is an important 5th grade skill. I believe that my students need to have a an understanding of the United States and their locations. Many of my students have not had the opportunity to travel outside their current city (Aurora, CO). Thinking back to my days as a 5th grader I can vividly remember being given a blank map and having to fill in each state and capitol within a certain amount of time. I was never able to successfully do this. I wanted a more hands on and creative approach with my own students. I stumbled upon Mystery Skype and was instantly amazed with it’s power!
Mystery Skype connects classrooms from around the world with each other.Students ask yes or no questions to another classroom and have to figure out what state or country that class is from. Not only does it allow students to learn more about different countries and states but it requires students to use high levels of questioning and requires them to use listening and speaking skills to communicate.
Check out our first Mystery Skype last spring!