Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Skyping With Pennsylvania!

Mrs. Yollis' class has joined a project called  

They hope to visit and learn from 80 different schools around the world via Skype.

They've already met three schools, so they have 77 school left in the challenge!

Today the class visited to Pennsylvania!

Pennsylvania is nicknamed the Keystone State because of its important role in our nation's history. 

We learned all about the great state of Pennsylvania from Mrs. Schmidt and Mrs. O. and their two classes.


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Do you have any questions about Pennsylvania?

Did you notice any similarities or differences?


  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    Thank you for sharing your Skype-ing experience with the class in Pennsylvania. Our family has a long time connection with the state: Jaxon's paternal grandparents and relatives grew up and many still live in the Philadelphia area. We have a family friend that lives there and her house is our favorite place to visit. Also, Jaxon's dad and brother LOVE the Pittsburgh Steelers!

    I thought it was interesting that their state dog is the Great Dane. I never knew that states had state dogs. Do you know what the state dog of California is?

    Thank you for the informative post.

    (Jaxon's mom)

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    Thank you for sharing your "Skyping With Pennsylvania" experience. What particularly caught my eye from the video was the flag of Pennsylvania. It is a beautiful flag. You can learn something about a state by it's flag. I'm curious as to what the different symbols on the flag of Pennsylvania means. Can anyone briefly explain what the meaning of the flag is?


    Ethan's mom

  3. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,
    thankyou for another interesting post. I found your information on Pennsylvania very educational. However what I found more interesting is how they have their own state dog.As I do not think we have a state dog here in Victoria but more of a national dog,which is called a blue/red heeler.These dogs are so Australian just like our Akrbra hats.Looking forward to your nexted post bye from down under AA.

  4. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,
    what a pretty place Pennsylvania is.It has alot of wonderful facts you can learn. I did not know about the bell and I would like to know why the bell has a crack? Hopefully someone could tell me.I just love the Great Dame
    from Bianca.

  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Students,
    Thanks again for teaching us so much about the state of California in our Skype! I wanted to tell you and Ethan's mom what the symbols on our state flag stand for. The State Coat of Arms is the offical seal of the family of our founder, William Penn. It is also our State Seal. The eagle represents the USA. The ship represents trade. The plow and wheat stand for abundant harvests. Our state motto appears on the read banner - Virtue, Liberty, and Independence.

    You have an awesome website! We will be checking it next week to see how your "paperless" Earth Day went!

    Mrs. Schmidt (From PA)

  6. @ Mrs. Schmidt

    Thank you for educating us about what your flag means. It is a flag that is rich in meaning! I visited Pennsylvania back in
    2000 and hope to visit again soon in the future.


    Ethan's mom from CA

  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    That was a very intresting post. In our opinion the pictres' that our my cousin took were fantastic! She is probably good because, her father has a big great that he lets her use. We believe that the Liberty Bell has a crack for the reason that you mentioned it. us three will love to hear it ring.

    Leron, Coral, and Dean
    (Gal's cousins)

  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis and students,

    I was thrilled to see that you shared your Skype experience with a class in Pennsylvania. The state of Pennsylvania carries a special meaning to me and Caleb's mom, since we first met each other in college in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, while we attended Bucknell University.

    It was exciting to learn that you were discovering some of the many important historical facts about "the Keystone State," such as the Liberty Bell. The crack appeared during it's very first test ringing, and it had to be repaired at least two times by foundry workers named Pass and Stow before it was retired (last ringing was in honor of George Washington's birthday). Another interesting fact is that the state's name was spelled "Pensylvania" on the Bell, as it was in the original U.S. Constitution, before today's spelling was widely accepted.

    Thank you for sharing your Skype experience with us, and I look forward to read more of your blogs!

    Brian (Caleb's Dad)

  9. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Thanks for letting the kids in the class skypeing with the kids in USA and other countries. Paul told us about his experiences each time he skyped with other kids. We lived in a small town close to Philadelphia before and loved the snow there in winter. When we told Paul about it, he said that he wanted us to take him to visit Pennsylvania and D.C. next winer to see the white snow. How interesting!

    Jade (Paul's mom)

  10. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Our family has a special fondness for Pennsylvania.
    Francesca, Ileanna's mom, was
    one of the first babies born in the Paoli hospital.

    Paoli is a lovely town which is near Valley Forge state park.
    Does your class know what happened at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War?

    Ileanna's grandfather


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