Our First Mystery Skype

Today my fourth graders and I participated in our first Mystery Skype. I placed my students in 5 collaborative groups.

Here's a picture of the group who used the iPads. They used the search engine Google and typed in the clues that were given by the Mystery Class.

 These two ladies wrote down the clues for the class on the chart paper.

This group used the netbooks. They dicsused the questions through Edmodo. 
These two guys used maps to eliminate the choices.

Here are the clues we were given by the other class:

  1. Our state was once called "The Great American Desert"
  2. Our state sits above the largest underground lake called Lake Ogallala Aquifer
  3. We are home to Offut Air Force Base.
  4. Our state is divided into 2 time zones: central & mountain.
  5. Our state has 4 district seasons with definite changes in the weather.
  6. Our famous landmarks are Devil's Gourge, Badlands, Chimney Rock.
  7. Our state borders CO, WY, IA,  MO, and KS
Bonus: Our state is known as the Cornhusker State

Can you guess?

That's right it is Nebraska!

Here is a video that was created by one of my students using our flipcamera.

My fourth graders and I had a wonderful experience today and I can't wait to do it again. Any interested 3-4th grade classes out there leave me a post, if you want to set up a Mystery Skype.


  1. Our class would love to connect. We aren't too far in GA but I think it would still be fun. Send a email if you'd like to set something up. Temske@fultonschools.org

  2. I'd like to do this! I'm a 4th grade math teacher, but I'd love to do a lunch and learn with my top kiddies. Let me know. What a great idea.

  3. jtwhitaker@atlanta.k12.ga.us

  4. I'd love to do this! I teach 4th grade in KS, but we departmentalize so I teach two different classes. Any ideas how we could make that work?

  5. Lisa, I'm in a similar situation. I have 3 different math classes. Though that I'd try to do the skype during lunch. I could rustle my homeroom up to meet me in the media center to do a quick 20 min skype.

  6. Wow! I enjoyed learning how to do a Mystery Skype! I will pass along the great idea!
    Happy Holidays!

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  8. I would love to do this! I teach 4th grade Social Studies in Nashville.


  9. I teach 4th grade in CA! I have never done something like this before but I have seen and read about classes skyping with other classes all over the US (and world!) and thought it sounded like a lot of fun! You can email me maloy_molly@yahoo.com if you would like to set something up. Hope to talk to you soon!

  10. Hi Erica!

    This looks awesome!! I think this is a great idea to get our pen pals interacting :)

    2 questions:
    --Did the students write the clues?
    --What are the students doing on Edmodo?

    I'm definitely going to start working on this :)



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