Saturday, October 29, 2011

Skyping with Hawaii!

Mrs. Yollis loves Hawaii. In fact, last summer she visited the Aloha State and swam with many beautiful  tropical fish, watched green sea turtles, and viewed moray eels from a distance!

This week, Mrs. Yollis and her class got a chance to go to Hawaii again!  They Skyped with Mrs. Conley's class from the fiftieth state, Hawaii!

Many mainlanders dressed in their Hawaiian gear for the call! Aloha!

Before the call, Etai and Maya open the big blue atlas and found Hawaii for the class. Mrs. Yollis introduced the word archipelago to the class. An archipelago is a group of islands!

Many students had flown to Hawaii from California for a vacation. It is about a five hour flight. The class discussed the various islands.

Although Hawaii is an archipelago, the class Skyped with a class on Oahu. Oahu is home to the state capital, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and Diamond Head.

First, Mrs. Yollis' class shared their facts about California, their suburban community, and finally their school.

California has the highest population of all the 50 states.

Our community get about 14 inches of rain annually.

Lots of fun sharing the popular school games with our new Hawaiian friends.

Then it was time to learn about the Hawaiians!

They had a beautiful classroom!

Each student spoke clearly and had interesting information. For example, Oahu is known as the Gathering Place state.

Hawaii is three hours earlier than Los Angeles. It was 9:00 in Honolulu and 12:00 in Los Angeles!

Mia and Leila did a fantastic job taking notes of the Skype call. Here is their transcript!

We used some library books to learn more about the two states.

Even Beverly wore her special sarong for the event!

Thank you Brenden for being our photographer and Maya and Etai for being the class geographers.

What did you learn from the Skype call?

How are the two states alike?

How are they different?  


  1. Dear Mrs Yollis and Grade 3
    Congratulations in another successful Skype session.

    I think one of the similarities between Hawaii and California would be that they both have warm climates.

    I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Honolulu in 1990. Mr McKenzie and I enjoyed our visit there. Some tourists were so excited to be there that they even sat on the beach in the rain!

    Five hours is a long flight to get from California to Hawaii.
    You might be surprised to know that if I took a flight from New Zealand to Australia to visit 2KM and 2KJ it would only take about three hours.

    I wonder what exciting Hawaiian adventures any of you have had?

    warm wishes
    Mrs McKenzie

  2. Hello Mrs Yollis,
    Your blog is great and very interesting!
    In Australia today is Halloween, so happy Halloween.
    You guys probably dont have school today, if it's Halloween in America.

    Please visit and leave a comment on my halloween post on

    I would love it if we both left regular comments on each others blog.

    Please reply on my blog!


  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I really liked our Skype call because I learned many facts about the island of Oahu. I went to the big island and it was a lot of fun. We went snorkeling,kayaking, and saw a volcano.

    Today, we went to Zuma Beach and it reminded me about the time we were in Hawaii. Today we saw dolphins and seals, just like in Hawaii. We also went boogie boarding. I hope I can go back to Hawaii soon.


  4. Hello Mrs Yollis,
    Wow, you skyped with Hawaii, I've allways wanted to go there!!!
    Thank-you for leaving even more comments on our blog!!

    I really enjoy leaving and receiving comments by you, I'am very greatfull, thank-you!

    Have you ever been to Hawaii?

    From Tarlea :lol:

    P.S I've always wanted to go to California too.

  5. Dear Miss. Yollis class thank you for all of thous wonderful tips you gave me. I will sure use all of thous tips every time I post a comment!

    sincerely Jazmon

  6. Hello Mrs. Yollis,

    My name is Jason Jackson. I am a student of Dr. Strange's EDM 310 course at the University of South Alabama. It is great that you give your students the opportunity to meet students of another state with a different culture than their own. I think this help all of the children involved become more tolerant of other cultures by being exposed at a young age. By the way, your blog is very informative.

    Jason Jackson


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