Sunday, November 6, 2016

Liberty Launches! #GlobalPal Project

Meet Liberty!

This special bird is one of our classroom mascots. A mascot is a person or thing that represents a group or organization.  Liberty is a bald eagle which is the national bird of America.

Liberty is on a grand Twitter  adventure to visit three of our international blogging buddies! The classes involved are Mr. Webb's students, Room 3 @ Auroa Primary School, in New Zealand, Mrs. Monaghan in England, and Miss Crowther and her  Kilmore Primary School students in Australia.  

Each blogging buddy will be sending their mascot on a journey as well. Each class will be documenting the mascot's excursions and home visits. Photos and details will be shared on Twitter using the hashtag #GlobalPal. What a fun adventure for us all!

Tomorrow, Liberty starts his #GlobalPal flight that will take him from Los Angeles, over the Pacific Ocean, on his trek to Australia! He will stay in the state of Victoria. 

U. S. A. to Australia QUESTIONS! 

Q 1: What ocean will Liberty cross? 

Q 2: What important line of latitude will Liberty cross?

Q 3: What hemispheres did Liberty reside

Q 4: What hemispheres will Liberty enter?

Q 5: How many states in the United States?

Q 6: How is Australia divided up?

Q 7: How many miles will he travel? How many kilometers?  

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After some weeks there, Liberty will head to England.

Australia to England QUESTIONS! 

Q 1: What ocean and sea will Liberty cross? 

Q 2: What important line of latitude will Liberty cross again?

Q 3: What important line of longitude will Liberty cross? 

Q 4: What hemispheres will Liberty enter?

Q 5: What do you know about England?

Q 6: How is Australia divided up?  

Q 7: How many miles will he travel? How many kilometers 

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After a few weeks in England, Liberty will start the last leg of the journey, a jaunt over to New Zealand. 

England to New Zealand QUESTIONS! 

Q 1: What ocean and sea will Liberty cross again

Q 2: What important line of latitude will Liberty cross for a third time?

Q 3: What important line of longitude will Liberty cross again

Q4: What hemispheres will Liberty enter?

Q 5: What do you know about New Zealand?

Q 6: How is New Zealand divided up? 

Q 7: How many miles will he travel? How many kilometers 

Before Liberty left, he enjoyed some time with Mrs. Yollis and her students. Liberty loved learning about multiplicationLiberty learned that when you create rows and columns in multiplication, it is called an array. Liberty, grab a tile with your talon and help us build an array. 

This array is two rows of four.
2 x 4 = 8 tiles  

This array is four rows of two.
4 x 2 = 8 tiles  

Liberty thoroughly enjoy reading some of the revised narratives

Liberty loved the great show not tell writing. 

In the afternoon, Liberty learned how to code on the website

He observed the class, perched on the plump pumpkins that were measured at the Halloween party last week

Liberty thoroughly enjoyed watching the students play outside during recess. The air temperature measured 84 ˚ F (29˚C), and he pondered what the weather was like in Victoria, Australia. 

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

It is fall in the northern hemisphere. However, we have very mild winters here in southern California. In addition,  Los Angeles is 35˚ N and 118˚ W. while the coordinates of Kilmore, Victoria, Australia, are 37˚ S and 145˚ E. How will the differences in latitude affect Liberty? 

Again, we will chart his journey using the 
Twitter hashtag: 


Share your answers to the red, blue, or orange questions in comment section!

Which mascot will visit us first? Stay tuned to find out!


  1. Lisa (Nolan's Mom)November 6, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    Bon Voyage to Liberty! ("Bon Voyage" is a French phrase that translates to "Have a nice trip" or "safe journey.") I hope Liberty has a wonderful time on the global adventure.

    This post made me recall how when I was in 7th grade, a new girl transferred to my middle school from New Zealand. I became good friends with her and learned so much about New Zealand from her. Ever since then, every time I read about or hear about New Zealand, I am interested and think of her. It is funny how meeting (or connecting safely online) with just one person can add meaning to a place and make you interested in that place for the rest of your life. I bet all of the students who are watching Liberty's adventure (and the adventure of the other global pals) will remember these posts for years to come.

    Good luck, Liberty! I can't wait follow your adventures.

    Lisa (Nolan's Mom)

  2. Mrs Yollis and Class
    We are so excited to be part of this process with your class! We have just started looking at California and Bald Eagles and are using that for our writing topic this week. We really didn't know anything at all about them! The only thing that one person in our class thought that they knew that it was one of the characters on the Muppet Show! We have sent our Kiwi 'Taranaki' named after the volcano that dominates our region and the name of our region and he should be there this coming week. We also can't wait to follow all of the participants adventures and learn from our global friends!
    Mr Webb and Room Three, Auroa Primary School, Taranaki, New Zealand.

  3. Mrs Yollis
    Thanks to your post and thinking about the Bald Eagle we have been researching it in New Zealand - our favourite and most interesting fact that has been researched recently and one that really we didn't know was why a Bald Eagle was a Bald Eagle if it wasn't really Bald. Jamesen, whose Mother is from Kentucky and has lived in Montana was able to find the answer as part of his research and share it with our class as our 'fact of the day'. We are very happy to be part of the project and can't wait for the first visitor to arrive here in New Zealand.
    Mr Webb

  4. Carole (Nolan's Grandmother)November 24, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    We are having Thanksgiving dinner and I am checking out your class blog with Nolan and his mom. This post caught my attention because Liberty will be visiting my birthplace!

    I was born in London, England. My family moved to the United States when I was a young child, but I still feel a connection to my place of birth.

    I have been back to London four times in the last twenty years or so. I wonder if Liberty will visit some of the places that I have found interesting in my travels to England.

    Thank you for sharing the Global Pal adventure on the blog. I hope to come back and see photos of Liberty's adventure in the United Kingdom.

    Carole (Nolan's Grandmother)

  5. Jenny (Dylan B's Aunt)December 1, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Buen Viaje Liberty!
    (That means "have a good trip" in Spanish.)

    Can I go with you?

    All my best,
    (Auntie) Jenny


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