Grade 3 Mystery Skype

on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. 

It is suitable for all age groups and can be used to teach subjects like geography, history, languages, mathematics and science.

Classes are only allowed to ask each other questions which can be answered with a “Yes” or “No” answer. The number of questions may be limited to 20 if you want an additional challenge. These lessons can be more spontaneous and require students to think on their feet as the questions aren’t prepared in advance.

Grade 3 practiced the sorts of questions to ask. Some starting questions like:
  • Are you north or south of the equator?
  • Is your country in Asia?
  • Is it in the north of Asia?......

Depending on the answer 'Yes' or 'No' they started to look at what other questions to ask.
The third graders had organized some students looking at the map, some who could ask questions, some answering, and a person who wrote down the answers.

It was great fun. The third grade kids narrowed it down quickly to the southwestern part of Asia and they others had said it was a small country. After that we got a bit stuck. There were four small countries left….While we were thinking about a last clever question to ask, our Skype friends  guessed that we were in Mali just before we asked them if they were from Kuwait.

The students we talked with were wearing uniforms, they all sat at separate desks, and had some Asian/Western features. 

Aafke Zoutewelle
Grade 3 teacher


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