Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mystery Skype Call With Mr. Avery!

Mrs. Tolisano invited Mrs. Yollis' class to be part of a 
Mystery Skype call with a group of teachers! They had such a good time...they did another one!

This time, they had to cover the screen so the caller was not identified by name.

RULES:  Two groups come together via Skype, but neither know the other's location. Closed questions, or questions that can only be answered with a YES or a NO answer, were permitted. If a question got a YES answer, a follow-up question was awarded. 
Every third grader contributed and tried to solve the Mystery. Before the call, the class decided who would be in each role. 
They used the same job titles they created for the last Mystery CallInquirers, Clue Keepers, Question Keepers, Google Mappers, Logical Reasoners, TodaysMeet, Runners, Big Blue (giant atlas), and photographer. 
However, this time they added a new job. One person sat with Mrs. Yollis at Google Central. Mrs. Yollis supervised the Google searches and helped with spelling.

Inquirers, Question Keepers, and Clue Keepers worked close together.

"Are you east of the Mississippi River?"  

 Google Mappers worked diligently to figure out the mystery location.

TodaysMeet typers had a difficult task. The speakers were out in Mrs. Yollis' room, so it was difficult to record the events. Click here to read the transcript.

Although Mrs. Yollis' class did not discover the identity of the caller first, it was still a fun game to play!
The mystery caller was Mr. Avery and his class in Massachusetts!

Photos by Tucker  (Photo of him to be added tomorrow.)

What questions would you like to know about Massachusetts? 
How was this Mystery Call different than the last?
How was it the same?
What job would you like to be next time and why?


  1. I love the format of the Mystery Skype Call. I just read (and commented) on Mr. Avery's blog about the call between your two classes.

    I have signed up to participate next year. Thanks for sharing the details of how to have the different jobs during this type of call. Hopefully our classes will get to Skype with each other next year.

  2. What a fabulous idea, we'd love to be involved down in New Zealand too!

  3. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,

    I love how you all work together as one thats what I call great team work.

    I really loved the fact that every third grader contributed into solving mystery. You played it out just like a board game.

    Well done everyone.
    From your pal,

  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    Thank you for mystery skyping with us today! It was so much fun trying to guess where you lived. We were so close when we said do you live near Los Angeles. We didn't realize you lived in Los Angeles!

    All of you work so well together. You must've been a great class to have throughout the year. I can imagine that Mrs. Yollis is going to miss you tons over the summer. It's great to see that many of you have your own blogs though so that I can keep up with all of you!

    Have a wonderful summer!

    Mr. Avery

  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    Your Mystery Skype session was certainly another success! It looks like lots of us will want to try this next year. I don't know who came up with the idea, but it is terrific!
    I play 20 questions with the kids all the time and this is a fun techie version! Asking critical question and thinking logically are important skills to develop!
    Happy Summer Vacation!
    Mrs. Hembree

  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis's class,
    Skyping with your class was so much fun. My job was to write the questions we asked you. It was really fun! Mr. Avery practiced with us what to do and what to say. What was the clue that we live in Plympton?

    Natalie S. ♥
    Mr. Avery's class


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