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.
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!