Today we participated in our first Mystery Skype. We prepared for this event by writing ten clues about the state of Iowa and then practicing researching clues. Despite a few technical difficulties (technology is great when it is working well!) we were able to connect with Mrs. Crawford's class. The students from both classes did a great job sharing their clues and working hard to find answers. A few of the clues shared with us included their state was home to a very large Nascar race track, the apple blossom was their state flower, and they were a Great Lakes state in the midwest. We shared clues about our state symbols, visitor's attractions, and famous people from Iowa including Dan Gable, Kurt Warner, Henry Wallace, and Norman Borlaug.
Students were assigned jobs throughout the Skype experience. We had videographers, photographers, map experts, clue recorders, clue readers, and research experts in our room. At the end of the 10 clues, our class accurately guessed that their class was from Michigan and they guessed we were Iowans. It was a lot of fun, and our students thought it was like a game show (without a prize!). We hope to participate in a few more Mystery Skype lessons this year.
Enjoy the pictures below that were taken by our class photographer during today's Mystery Skype event.