By Allison Sandler
Recently, I had my 5th graders Skype with a classroom in another State. The goal of the Skype session was for each class to use listening, speaking, and geography skills, to guess what State the class was in. Each team alternates asking yes/no questions, until students are able to guess the State. For example, my class might ask “Are you located East of the Mississippi River?” Students would then use a map to cross out states based on the other classes’ answer.
Mystery Skype is a powerful way for students to collaborate among their classmates, allowing them to reach out to students in other regions. This game has greatly improved the speaking and listening skills within my classroom.
When we consider collaborative activities within our schools, it is important to create opportunities for students to connect with students in other States. It allows them to meet academic standards, and to know students who come from different backgrounds and places. Mystery Skype can easily be used in any K-12 classroom!