Friday, November 4, 2011

Skyping With Georgia!

Today we met some new friends from the Peach State, Georgia!

Thank you Sarah and Parsa for being our geographers.
It was very exciting because there was a bit of a mix-up at the beginning of the call. Mrs. Hight thought the classes were doing a Mystery Skype and Mrs. Yollis' class thought they were doing a Share & Compare. These two classes quickly adapted and the call was a super success! 

Since Mrs. Yollis’ class already knew that their new friends were from Georgia, they couldn’t do a mystery call. However, the Georgians did conduct a Mystery Skype. They asked Mrs. Yollis' class questions and the Californians could only answer  

Yes or No!

The students got out their atlases to help them answer the questions correctly.

The Georgians asked:

Are we a coastal or gulf city?   Yes.
Are we a northeastern state? No
Were you one of the original 13 colonies? No.
Are you a state in the Central Time Zone? No.
Do you border Canada? No.
Are you in the Pacific Standard Time zone? Yes
Is your state California?  YES!
Next, it was time for a fun Share & Compare session!

We noticed that the capitol buildings both have domed ceilings!

Sacramento, California, capitol building.

Atlanta, Georgia capitol building.

Kelly and Acacia were terrific greeters and leaders! They took charge of the Skype call and kept everything moving! Great leadership, girls!


Even Beverly woke up enough to make an appearance!

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All in all, the time spent with the new friends was peachy! 
(Get it, they're the Peach State.)

Here is what some students had to say about what they'd learned: 

Alyssa: They speak with a southern accent and use greetings like “Hey, y’all!”

Jake:  A goober is a peanut! Georgia has lots of peanut plantation in
southern Georgia.

Acacia: They raft the Chattahoochee River which is nearby their capital city, Atlanta.

Royce: Their capital is Atlanta, and the capitol building has a dome
just like our capitol building in Sacramento.

Sarah: Their school had 1, 852 students! Ours is only is only 584.

Kelly: Our school is K-5th grade and their school is pre-First-12th!

Brenden: Atlanta is the biggest city in Georgia. 420,000 Georgians live there.

Ellie:  They “shoot the Hooch” on weekends. That means they ride the
river on a raft.

Sammy: January 2, 1788, Georgia became the 4th state to join the
Union. We are the 31st state.

Sasha:  Their state insect is the honey bee.

Matthew: Their school mascot is the wild cat. Ours is a cub. (Beverly
and Panda are our blog mascots.)

Leila: They are nicknamed the Goober State, the Empire of the South,
and the Peach State.

Trey: The live oak is the state tree. Ours is the California redwood.

Thank you Royce, Mia, Leila, and Sasha for running TodaysMeet! The four of you did a fabulous job!
Here is their transcript! (Temporarily unavailable- TodaysMeet is down:)

Thank you Ellie for being our class photographer!

Georgia is located in what United States region? 

What states border Georgia?

Add some new fun facts about the Goober State!


  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    I love how you guys all added Skyping into your blog. When I was in your class 3 years ago we did not Skype. It was very interesting and I hope to see more.


    At my new school my teacher knows you. This teacher is my elective teacher, Blogging. It has been so fun in her class, we always go on your blog. And she shows us widgets from your blog that are great to add!

    Love Always,
    Taylor S.

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    It's great how you were able to adapt to make the skype call a great success! Flexibility is such a great characteristic to have because you never know when things won't work out perfectly.

    When I first started teaching I actually taught down in Georgia. I lived there for two years. I loved all the fresh peaches, the peanuts, and the warm weather. Now that I live in Massachusetts, we get a lot of snow. We never got any of that in Georgia.

    Thanks for sharing about your experience!

    Mr. Avery

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    @ Taylor S.,

    What a happy, happy surprise for me to get a wonderful comment from you this morning! I didn't know they were running an elective class called Blogging at the middle school. Fantastic! What is your url? Maybe I can visit and leave a comment! My new third grade bloggers would love to connect with your class!

    Do you want to hear something funny? You were the first Halloween Story we published. AND you were the first student that we commented to on the blog! Here, check it out!

    Our Very First Post!

    Tomorrow, November 6, is the blog's birthday! :-)

    Here is also a trip down Memory Lane for all of you:

    We were presenters at the 21st Century Learning Symposium!

    I hope you will come back and leave some more comments for my third graders. They love to learn from experts!

    Your former teacher,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

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  4. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    What a wonderful way to learn and then added it into your blog so that others may learn more too.

    I wish I was able to skype when I was at school. Learning this way really does make it more real.

    Thank you for sharing.

    From AA.

  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    My name is Jeanne and I am Jake's aunt. I am very happy to see that you have a family blogging month so that all of his extended family and friends can participate. It is also such a fun way to learn English usage, geography and all sorts of interesting things. I know that Jake loves blogging and it is exciting to know that this is the basis of something that he will keep up forever.


  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    My name is Ashley Howard. I an EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading this blog post! The student's really seem to love being able to Skype other students from different states. When I was reading what some students had to say about what they learned, Ellie's comment "They “shoot the Hooch” on weekends. That means they ride the river on a raft.", brought back some memories for me. A few summers ago I went on a trip to Georgia and me and my family got to "shoot the hooch". Keep up the good work! :)

  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    My name is Adrienne Babb and I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class. I am very impressed by your class blog. You all are so much more tech-savvy than I was at your age. I appreciate all of the information shared in this blog, especially the tips given on how to take great digital pictures because I love taking pictures. Keep up the great work.

    Adrienne Babb

  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,
    I enjoyed you posting about all the things you learned about the state of Georgia. I think that it is always neat to connect with other people, even when they are miles away from you. I am a student at the University of South Alabama and am taking a class called EDM 310. I live in lower Alabama which is often referred to as "LA", but not to be confused with the LA from your home state:) Georgia is a very special place to me for several different reasons. Georgia is important to me because my older sister lives there, it is also important to me because it is where my fiance proposed to me. My fiance, Michael popped the big question center court at an Atlanta Hawks game last year! Atlanta is one of my favorite places to visit, there are so many things to do and I have such fond memories of it! Keep up the great work Mrs. Yollis' class!


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