Skyping a Dinosaur Expert

This morning 2KM and 2KJ were very lucky to skype with Jenni from the National Dinosaur Museum (NDM) in Canberra!

We thought of some very interesting dinosaur questions and Jenni answered them for us on Skype. We learnt so much and we are so grateful that Jenni gave up time in her busy schedule to help us all learn more about dinosaurs!

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Check out the summary Miss Jordan typed while the students spoke with Jenni.

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What did you learn from Jenni?

What else would you like to ask a dinosaur expert?

What other sort of expert would you like to skype with?

Skyping Mr Avery

Today, 2KM and 2KJ were lucky enough to skype with their blogging buddy, Mr Avery!

Mr Avery teaches 4th grade in Massachusetts, USA. He has a wonderful blog and 2KM and 2KJ has enjoyed getting to know Mr Avery’s class this year.

Unfortunately 2KM and 2KJ can’t skype with Mr Avery’s class because when we start school at 9am it already 7pm in Massachusetts! Fortunately, Mr Avery was nice enough to give up 30 minutes of his evening to skype with us!

When we called Mr Avery, it was 10am Tuesday in Leopold and 8pm Monday in Massachusetts. Mr Avery was just preparing for his last day of the school year as it is nearly time for the summer holidays in the northern hemisphere.

Lots of students in 2KM and 2KJ prepared excellent questions for Mr Avery. They tried to think of open questions rather than closed questions with a yes/no answer.

Here are some of the things we found out about Mr Avery:

  • He will be teaching maths and science in 6th grade next year.
  • Mr Avery enjoys playing golf, drawing, reading and running.
  • He has not been outside of the USA, except for Canada, but he has been to lots of different states in the USA.
  • Mr Avery can speak a little Spanish.
  • He loves to teach maths and make movies about maths with his students.
  • Mr Avery’s favourite book is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
  • He would love to come to Australia one day!

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Avery collage

What did you learn from Mr Avery?

What else would you like to ask Mr Avery?

Skyping with B4 and B3 in New Zealand

2KM and 2KJ are blogging buddies with B4 in Reefton, New Zealand. They have a great blog called “Open the Door to B4” and their teacher is Mrs McKenzie.

B4 is part of the quad blogging project which you can read more about here.

Today we skyped with Mrs McKenzie and B4 as well as their friends in B3.

We wanted to get to know them better but we also wanted to talk about a book we are both reading called “Flat Stanley”.

Flat Stanley is a terrific chapter book written by Jeff Brown over 40 years ago! It is the first in a series of books featuring Stanley Lambchop, a completely flat boy.

Flat Stanley

Some of the highlights of our Skype call were:

  • Talking about the favourite chapters and characters in Flat Stanley.
  • Imagining what we would do if we were Stanley.
  • Learning about favourite sports, school subjects and after school activities.
  • Counting to 10 in Maori and Indonesian.
  • Hearing the New Zealand and Australian national anthems.

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Skyping B4

Here is the transcript of some of the conversation we had on Skype (thanks to our student teacher Mrs B for typing!)

While we were skyping we decided it would be fun to make our own Stanleys and send them each other! We thought we could make diaries of the Stanleys adventures in New Zealand and Australia. Stay tuned for more information about our Flat Stanley project!

Have you read any of the Flat Stanley books?

What would you do if you were Flat Stanley?

What did you learn from your friends in New Zealand?

Do you know any facts about New Zealand?