Today, we Skyped with Mrs. Watson's class in British Columbia! They are our blogging buddies in Canada. We first met each other when we were members of the Our World, Our Stories global project last October.
|Geographers, Kelly and Sarah, locate and point to Solintula, British Columbia.|
|Canada's Minister of Education was a guest in Mrs. Watson's room, and we thought he must work in the national capital of Canada which is Ottawa.|
We opened the call with our American greeters.
Our Canadian greeters were so professional!
For fun, we each sang our verse from the Our World, Our Stories culminating song. Here is the original sing along!
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Even thought we had some technical problems with Skype, the two classes persevered and were able to learn a lot about our two countries.
Mia shared that America has 3,794,101 square miles, while Sophie informed us that Canada measures 3, 855,100 square miles.
Very close, but how much larger is Canada's area? Is Canada the largest country in the world?
There are a lot of Americans! Trey stated that there are approximately 313,000,000 people in the U.S. According to Karin, there are 34,108,752 Canadians!
Not very close! How many more Americans are there than Canadians?
Parsa informed our Canadian friends that America is divided up into 50 states.
Quang shared that Canada is divided up too, but their divisions are not called states. Canada has TEN provinces and THREE territories.
Leila drew the flag and discussed what the symbols on the American flag stand for.
Ana shared that Canada's colors/colours are red and white and the national emblem is the maple leaf.
The bald eagle is America's national bird. The female is larger and the wingspan is enormous! Madison used two yard sticks (similar to two meter sticks) to demonstrate the wingspan!
Canada's national animals are the industrious beaver and the Canadian horse. Kennedy said that the horse was just added in 2002.
It is interesting that the highest and lowest points in North America are in the United States. Matthew and Aidan put these facts together.
Although Death Valley doesn't sound inviting, it is quite beautiful!
Canadian fun fact: Canadians eat more Mac and Cheese than any other country on Earth!
We loved this fact! However, considering America's enormous population and love of Mac and Cheese, we find this fact hard to believe!
|Thank you, Royce, for being our class photographer!|
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What did you think of the Skype call?
Do you have any questions for the Canadians?
Please share your opinion with the Minister of Education, Mr. Abbott. Why you think blogging is important?