Here's Oliver's live blog of our latest Mystery Skype on December 21, 2016!
Reporting by Oliver
We’re ready and here it comes! The Mystery Skype has started! Their first question, are you landlocked? No is definitely our answer. Our question is: are you in the USA? Their reply...uhhh they didn’t hear us so we had to say it again and it’s yes. The question is coming...Do you border, We didn’t hear them so we asked them to repeat…the question is, are you west of the Mississippi? Our question: are you west of the Rocky Mountains? No is the answer from them. We’re ready for their question and their question is, are you in the central time zone? No is our answer from them. They’re ready for our question, which is: Are you landlocked? Their answer is Yes! It their turn and their question is...Are on you bordering the Atlantic Ocean? Our answer is yes. They’re ready for our question: are you north of Tennessee? Their answer is yes!
We’re probably pretty close now time for us to start guessing. What next for them? Well, it’s are you in the northeast region? Uh oh! They're closing in to just a few states! Our answer is Yes. Now they’re ready for our question…are you west of the Mississippi River. Their answer...That’s a trick question for us they can’t say yes or no. Which means that we’re very, very close because there’s only a few states that aren’t east or west of the Mississippi. It’s their turn and hey! The next questioner is named Jesse! We also have a Jesse! His question is does your state have two words? Our answer is yes. They’re ready for our question and our question is… do you border Canada? Their answer...Yes! The next question is from Sofia and the question is does your state start with an N? Yes! Now our question: are you in Minnesota? Their answer is…YESSSS! We did it! We got their state!
Now it’s their turn to ask…are you in NEW JERSEY? Our answer is YESS. Now we ask, do you want to guess our town? Let’s get the map of Minnesota so we can guess their town. They’re going to let us guess their region. So, does your region start with an N? Their answer is No! Their question is, are you north of Trenton? Our answer… That’s hard to guess we have to dig deep to get out answer. Our answer finally is Yes! We are north of the capital Trenton. We’re waiting for their question and that is...we need them to repeat the question, however they’re asking what do you mean by region because they don’t know what it means. What we tell them the area or part of a state. We have an issue with this. We have to clarify the issue. Their question, is your town along the coast.
Now they’re ready for our next question…are you north of St. Paul, they needed a clarification. However, their answer is YES! Well that clears up a lot of confusion. Now we're ready for their question are you north of Washington, New Jersey? Well, that’s deep down hard for us. However, our answer is…we still have to wait. Now our answer is no. Now our question is, are you north of St. Cloud and their answer is no. Wow we narrowed our search by a lot. Now their question is does our town border NY? No is our answer. Our question is does route 212 go through their town. Their answer is No. Their next question is are you north of New Brunswick? We say no. Our next question is does route 12 run through your town their answer is...No is their answer. Now they’re asking what are good questions that they can ask. Now their question is, are you in Princeton? Our answer is YESS, they are soo happy that they got our town!
Now it’s our turn to ask our question and that is does your town start with a p. Their answer is Yes. Then we ask, is your town Princeton? - yeah!! OMGOMGOMG THEY LIVE IN PRINCETON, TOO!!!
Now they’re going to tell us some information their capital is St. Paul their state muffin is blueberry they are near the Mississippi. They also have the Mall of America.
What did we do well?
CJ: All the jobs worked efficiently. All the questionnaires and research had a steady communication line.
Ted: I think we worked well by giving a variety of questions
Sawyer: I think that Nikita and I worked well together when we had question we asked each other.
Erin: I think that the questioners spoke loudly so the other class could understand
Elinor: I think that we did well trying to talk to the questioners
Sayanti: I think that the research did well because not many people we at the map and we switched jobs.
What do we need to improve on?
Jesse: I think that we really that we need Mystery skypes to be less tiring.
Mr. Ullman: We need to keep our energy up
Charlotte: We need to be closer together.
Ted: We need to rotate questioners around, like we’ve seen other classes do.
Charlotte: Then the questioners will also double as a runner
Sawyer: One thing that the media team needs to take more pictures
Mr. Ullman We should upload the photos to Google Drive once in a while instead of at the end.
Erin: The media team should be closer to the research team.
Mr. Ullman: We have to be very careful on the questions they ask, we should think about the question together. We also should keep our look better, we also have to work on our “end game.” By the end of the mystery skype we were flopping around…we should be ready to give the other class some information about us.
Here are pics from our Skype!
And here's a playlist of videos!
CJ's guest blog on our Mystery Skype with Ms. Smith's class on Dec. 20:
So it’s getting started and the commotion in here is rising. They let us take the first question. Are they in the USA? Yes!
Then they guessed our same question. Then we asked: Are you east of 98 degrees longitude? Huh? I don’t know what that is. Oh it’s a Yes!
They ask, “Are we the original colonies?” Yes, we are. Oh, no!
Our turn, and we ask if they are in eastern time zone? Yes, they are. This Mystery Skype is going fast!
They ask, are you from the confederacy? No we are not. That we a hard question. We ask, are they in the southeast region? Yes! They ask, are we landlocked? No. If you know where we are don’t tell them. Okay a break, they’re ready. Are they a landlocked state, no they aren’t. Does our state have the word “new” in it? No they’re getting closer, Are they north of 32 degrees latitude?
They’re ready. Are you guys in New York? Nope.
NOOOOOOO!!! We’re the Garden State and they said that!!!!
But YESS!! We got their state. They’re in Virginia!
But NOOO!!! They have our state! Some chips for me. Are they east of 78 degrees longitude? Yes!! I think we're winning. OMG!! Biggest break ever- they question, is our city major? I don’t know what that means maybe population or something else. Does their country start with the letters J - Y? Yes!!
We are winning! Is our city larger than 18,000 population? No.
Does their county start with J- O? I don’t know let's finds out! Yes. Is our town larger 9,000? Yes and no. Because, we actually used to be a township and a borough, but we merged a few years ago. Some population information we get will be wrong. Thanks for clearing that up, Mr. Ullman!
Keep going! Does your county start from J-L? Yes. Are we near Success Lake? Within 10 miles? NO. Does your county start with J-K? No. Does your county start with the letters K-U? Yes.
Is your second letter in their county O? Yes! They’re in Loudoun County. Yeaah…
Our we near Princeton- ohno - Airport. Okay. Does their city start with A-N? Are we in Princeton William County? We don't think so, it was hard to hear that question. No. does their city start with R or M? No. We take our last guess...are they Stone Ridge? No...so close! Their town is Sterling, Virginia!
What went well?
Jobs went well...people did their jobs
NO mass of people near map!
What to do better next time?
We got tired near the end
Get a better “thinking” sign...their class had good “yes” and “no” signs, too!
Here are some photos from this Mystery Skype!
Here are some videos!
Here is CJ's guest post on our Mystery Skype from 12/13/16:
So we’re just getting started and everyone is excited. We’re introducing the other class...oh, they’re in the USA.
Oh what a break!! They asked the same thing! Now we ask, “Are you east of 98 degrees longitude?” NO. There was a mix-up...we’re up by 1 and we’re doing good. Their turn: Are we west of mississippi? NO. Our turn.
Are you in the central USA time zone? Yes. It’s getting close to us. Are we in the Northeast region, oh no they got our region. We say, “Are you southeast region? That doesn’t make any sense, we already correctly answered to central time zone. They said are we east of the Hudson River? No
Our turn… “Are you in the mid west region?”
Things are getting hot, oh no they know that we border the ocean.
Our turn, are you north of Iowa? Yes.
Is you state name two words? Yes.
Are you in Minnesota? NO. We’re getting closer to the jackpot. It must be Wisconsin...but our question failed.
No, they found us! We ask, “Are you in Michigan?” Our turn again. Request of finding town failed. North Dakota and South Dakota...oh we got them! South Dakota!
Info on De Smet, South Dakota
Their school is real small and it is 203 students.
33 3rd graders.
They have a really small town in their school they have 203 students
Laura Ingalls Wilder who wrote Little House on the Prairie lived there.
What we did good:
Researchers sharing ideas
What we need to get better at:
Before mystery skype stop goofing around.
Runners stop and remember what the researchers say.
Don't go your own way
Questioners need to be louder
Two research teams
Here are some photos from our Mystery Skype!
And here are some videos!
5th grade teacher in Princeton, NJ. Passionate about education, technology, and the New York Giants!