Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Around the World with Skype

Each semester our Rocketeers choose a topic of interest to explore. Our curiosity about life around the world was the source of inspiration for our Around the World with Skype Project. Here are some highlights of our calls and the friends we were lucky to meet along the way! 

2nd Grade 
Our 2nd graders had a blast meeting their new friends in Miss Julia’s class at Jules Verne School in Mexico, D.F. and Ms. Jodar’s class at Atenue Instructiu in Barcelona, Spain. Before our calls, we explored images on Google Maps and Google Earth to see what both cities looked like. During our call, our 2nd grade Rocketeers introduced themselves in Spanish and participated in a Q&A session to learn more about life in both countries. 

Here are some of our favorite clips:   

We learned different Catalan phrases from our friends in Spain. They are trilingual and in addition to Catalan, a regional language, they also speak Spanish and English!

Our friends in Mexico sang a folk song for us titled, cielito lindo.

3rd Grade
Our 3rd grade Rocketeers enjoyed their call with their new friends in Mr. Wilson's class from Camrose, Canada. During our introductions, our friends shared something special about Canada and asked us questions about life in Mississippi.

Have a look at these Venn Diagrams we made to compare life in Mississippi and Camrose.

4th Grade
Our 4th grade Rocketeers had fun talking to our amigos in Miss Araceli's class at Jules Verne School in Mexico, D.F.  During the call both classes asked questions about likes and favorites. We were excited to learn that our friends in Mexico were also huge fans of Disney Channel's Shake It Up! and singers like Selena Gomez. We also discovered we liked similar foods like tacos and hamburgers. 

Watch as we dance to la vibora de la mar

We want to give a huge thanks to all the classes who participated in our project. We enjoyed learning and sharing with you all!  


  1. Hello friends,

    So nice your Skype calls with México, Spain and Canadá!! It was a great idea the diagrams you've made! It's really good making friends and exchanging culture with other countries!
    It's a pity that we are 4 hours ahead of you. By the time you are arriving there at school, at 8:50 a.m., it's 12:50 p.m. here in São Paulo, Brazil, and our students are leaving.
    But, let's keep in touch and share projects through our blogs!

    Greetings from São Paulo, Brazil.

  2. Hello Ms. Pellicciari!

    We had so much fun talking to our new friends around the world and really wish our times will work out someday! In the meantime, we'll be communicating via our blogs. Thank you for leaving a comment and sharing your blog with us. We look forward to collaborating with you.

    Greetings from Mississippi,

    Ms. Deyamport