Connecting with California

This post is long overdue, but things have been very busy in our classroom and Mrs. Watson was away a lot last week.

On February 26, when we invited some special guests into our classroom, we had a chance to Skype with our friends in Mrs. Yollis’ class in California. We got to know Mrs. Yollis and her students during the Our World, Our Stories project that we were both a part of in the fall. We were very excited to have a chance to connect with them again and to learn a little more about the United States and how it compares to Canada.

Before the call we spent time researching facts we could share and figuring out the different jobs we would have during the call. Here are some of our jobs:
Greeters-Lily and Jacob
Back Channel Recorders– Sophie and Kennedy
Note Taker– Karin (Good to have someone doing it the old fashioned way with pencil and paper just in case
Fact Sharers– Karin, Mia, Sophie, Ana, Kennedy, and Quang

We opened the call by singing our verses of, Make New Friends, the song the classes involved in Our World, Our Stories sang as part of our final celebration. Here is a video of the whole song!

Next we shared information about our countries. Take a look at the cool facts we shared about Canada and how we compare to our friends in the United States:

Sohpie shared that Canada has an area of 9,984,670 square kilometres and Mia shared that America has an area of 9,826,675 square kilometres.


Karin shared that the population of Canada is  34,108,752.  Even though we are a larger country than the United States,  Trey shared that their population is approximately 313,000,000. Wow!


Quang shared that Canada is divided up into 10 provinces and Territories.  Parsa explained that the United States is also divided up, but into 50 states.


Ana showed the picture she drew of our Canadian flag and explained that red and white are our colours and that the maple leaf is our emblem.  Leila showed us the American flag and told us what the symbols on their flag stand for.


Kennedy shared that Canada has two national animals, the beaver and the Canadian horse.  We found out from Madison that  the bald eagle is America’s national bird (You can see a great clip of Madison demonstrating the bald eagle’s wingspan in the video from our Skype call below).


Mia shared a fun fact about Canada with our friends: Canadians eat more mac and cheese than any other country in the world.   Matthew and Aidan told us about the highest and lowest points in North America, which both happen to be in the United States.

Here is a great video of some of the highlights of our Skype call.  Great job, Sharon!

A huge thank you to Mrs. Yollis and her students for helping us to learn more about the United States.  We also want to thank our friends for being so patient with our poor Internet connection that day. Heavy rain and snow were to blame for the trouble, but we still managed to have a wonderful time together. We hope that we can Skype with you again this year!

What was your favourite part of our Skype call?  Have you ever visited the United States before?

11 thoughts on “Connecting with California

  1. Dear Mrs. Watson and class,

    What a wonderful post about our Skype call! Learning about our neighbors to the north is always fun! We still cannot believe that you eat more mac and cheese than us! We simply must research that!

    You had such an exciting day with all the important Canadian visitors. I must say, you handled the pressure like professionals! Did you learn anything new from the visitors?

    My favorite part of the Skype call was hearing the singing from Make New Friends. Music is so pleasurable, especially when friends sing together.

    I can’t wait to show this post to my students tomorrow!

    Your friend,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

  2. Hi Y’all,
    Your multi-class presentation of ‘Make New Friends’ was amazing! I am very impressed with all of the collaboration. I taught that song to my Girl Scout troops many years ago. It is a favorite of mine.

    The Skype call was interesting and informative. I had no idea that Canadians eat more mac-and-cheese than anyone else. Thanks for the information, Mia. I believe my 20 year old daughter eats the most of anyone I know! The students are blessed to have such interactive teachers. I look forward to seeing more posts in the future.

    I have vacationed at Tremblant twice and loved it. The locals were very friendly. The grocery stores were similar to the States but the cookies and chocolates were different and very good. I didn’t like syrup until I tried it in Canada. I am hooked now!

    I found the link to this site on Mrs. Yollis’s Twitter page and am so glad I checked it out.

    Keep up the good work!

    Laura Holifield
    University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama

    • Howdy,
      Thank you for leaving us a wonderful comment! I still is a favorite of mine. Our part of the song is ” Silver is precious gold is too I am precious and so are you.” We all thought that the max and cheese was funny.

      Best Wishes

    • Dear Ms. Holifield,
      Thank you so much for visiting our blog and for leaving us such a nice comment. We love how you opened with “Y’all”. We guessed right away that you didn’t live near us.

      We really love that song too and it was especially fun to hear the others classes sing their verses!

      We hope you liked Tremblant. None of the students in our class have ever been there before. We looked on the map and it is very far away! We did have some wonderful buddies in Ontario who sent us some maple syrup last year. We made pancakes to try it with. It is definitely much better than that other pancake syrup. Maybe the next time you come to Canada you will be able to visit the west coast. It is very beautiful!

      Mrs. W and the 2/3s

  3. Dear Mrs W and the 2/3s
    I know that in the past we have enjoyed skyping with both you and with Mrs Yollis’ class, so I can imagine how much you enjoyed skyping with each other. Canada and America are both huge compared to New Zealand and we have a population of only 4,000,000. That’s a lot less than both your countries!

    We enjoy mac and cheese in NZ too, but obviously not as much as Canadians do. 🙂

    I have visited USA twice, but I have never been to Canada. If I ever do get to take another holiday in North America I will certainly come and visit you all. It would be wonderful to meet blogging buddies all over the world in person!

    If you went traveling, where would you most like to travel too?

    warm wishes
    Mrs M♔Kenzie

  4. Hi Mrs Watson and 2/3,
    We love our globe in A Room with a View, but GO LARGE! That is one awesome inflatable globe Mrs Yollis has, isn’t it??? I like the way you guys presented your facts on whiteboards, and all had a role in your skype call. You certainly look like you had a lot of fun. I have visited Boston and Chicago, but never Canada… maybe one day! What would you say to persuade me to visit your country?
    Mrs M
    A Room with a View, UK

  5. Dear Mrs. Watson and the 2/3s,

    How lucky that you were able to skype with Mrs. Yollis and her class! They’re always so much fun to talk to! It sounds like you all learned quite a bit during your conversation! It’s always interesting to learn about classes in different countries and see what’s similar and different to how your class is! Hopefully we can skype sometime this year!

    Mr. Avery

    • Dear Mr. Avrey,
      Thank you so much for the comment. We love to skype anytime with our blogging buddies. Our class loves to learn all about different classes all around the world. What do you think is most interesting class you have met.

  6. awesome!!!
    California i hope you had lots of exitement because California is a really cool place
    there is lots of cool stuff like a museam for Riplys believe it or not and the hollywood sign
    and the best part is if you go there you might see people you’ve seen on TV
    well hope you had fun learning about California
    your friend Charlize

  7. Blogging appears to have become very relaxed for you guys, maybe there is some panic behindthe scenes. We haven’t really made a lot of progress in the blogging area yet. I like the way you share out the responsibilities between you. I am overwhelmed by the size of the globe Mrs Yollis has. I like knowing that great teachers and super kids are out there all over the world doing fun learning activities and supporting each other.

    Mr E

  8. Hi,
    It’s amazing that you guys eat that much mac and cheese. Wonder why that is? Do you still eat many potatoes and rice? We usually have mac and cheese once a week in our school cafeteria.

    I liked the way you had the students write the info on the whiteboards. Do you skype often? What do you like best about skyping? Mrs. Yollis must be into it a lot. We see where she Skypes with many schools. We’ve done several times with A Room with a View in England. We like doing it. It’s fun and we learn a lot from each other. We have to Skype with them at 9:30 because it’s getting close to the time they get out of school. What time zone is your school in? What time are you in school? We start at 7:30 and end at 2:00 and are in the Eastern Time Zone here in the USA. Mrs. Yollis is all the way across the USA from us. We are on the Atlantic Ocean side but not close to the ocean. It takes about 3 hours to get there.

    We are writing persuasive letters now. Can you guys persuade us to come visit you? Would we like your area of Canada? Why or why not? This morning it is cold here but we are having nice days. We haven’t gotten any snow in Monroe this year. We started daylight savings time early this morning so we will be getting out more and staying up later. We like to play on ball teams in the spring. We flowers are starting to bloom on many trees and the other ones are starting to bud out with their tiny leaves. The sun is shining but it’s 36 degrees F. this morning. It might get to 73 later today. The pansies and azalea bushes are pretty outside. The birds are very noisy with their chirping.

    We have sent our Flat Selves to Australia and perhaps they’ll visit the warm beaches since it’s summer there. We didn’t send coats with them. We bet they would need coats in Canada and mittens and hats.

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