Fifth grade had a GREAT Mystery Skype today with The Bement School, a private boarding school in Deerfield, MA. Our 5th graders knew they were talking to a 6th grade class in the US, but had no idea where they were. Through a series of Yes/No questions, both schools tried to figure out where the other school is located. The kids had to narrow down the location based on longitude and latitude, major land features, states, and more. They also had to be able to answer those same kind of questions about DBS so the other class could try to find us.
The kids were each given a role, such as questioner, answerer, researcher, greeter, photographer, etc., and within 45 minutes they were able to figure out what school they were talking to!
Afterwards we did a quick survey and the kids reported that they had fun and want to do it again! Yay! Maybe next time we'll find a school a little further away. :)