We love to connect with others around the country and world! We use Skype to video chat with others to Mystery Skype (using geographical skills to guess their location), Mystery Number Chat (using place value skills to guess their mystery number), and to attend amazing lessons and opportunities otherwise impossible! Skype takes away the walls of our classroom. If you'd like to connect with us, send us a Tweet @MsMasonRE or @MsMason2nd.
Where have we "traveled"? 2014-2015
We connected with a third grade class in Virginia. We guessed their mystery number using what we know about place value. They live close enough to the White House to go there on a field trip! Wow!
We connected with a second grade class in Vermont! It is known for Ben & Jerry's Ice cream. They live near moose and mountains. Their school goes to second grade and their mascot is a panda. Cool!
Today we met a second grade class in Iowa! Their school is grades 1-5. We liked that they were in the same time zone as us. Their weather looked like ours since they were pretty close. They border us to the north. It was cool!
Today we played Mystery Number Skype with a second grade class near Wichita. They did a great job asking questions to find our number. We had Mrs. Doerhoff's class come over to join us! It was fun!
Today we did a mystery skype with a 2nd grade room in Tennessee. It was their first time skyping. We used the hundred chart here instead. It was awesome! They guessed our number first. They live 3 hours away from the capital, Nashville. Elvis Presley is from there!! They have barbecue, too. I wonder if ours is better!
Today we did a mystery number Skype with a 2nd Grade class in New Jersey!! They live near the Atlantic Ocean. Their professional sports teams are the Flyers, Eagles, and Phillies. They are Kindergarted through 5th grade. They are in the Eastern Time Zone so they are 1 hour ahead of us!
Today, the class took over and ran Skype! We connected with a 2nd grade class in Frenchville, Maine. They are right near the Canadian border! It was very cold there but it was sunny and 60 degrees here. They have 17 students in their class and only 1 class per grade. They are much smaller than our school!
Today we connected with a 2nd grade class in North Carolina! They are in the Eastern Time zone so they are 1 hour ahead of us. They have a class pet, a rabbit called Cookie! Read about him here!Their football team is the Carolina Panthers. They border Georgia. We ran it all by ourselves! Phelan's report is here. It was fun!
We learned about different types of communities, urban, suburban, and rural. We learned we are a suburban community and they live in a suburban community, too! They live near New York City and some of them take the subway to school! Very cool!
We make new friends in Alabama today! It was their very first time using Skype. We learned about their community and taught them about ours. We are going to call them again later to play Mystery Number!
Today we met second graders in Wisconsin! They had lots of snow outside. They are north of us. Wisconsin is know for cheese! Yum! Their school has 331 students in it, which is smaller than ours. They were very good at guessing our state!
Today we met students near Columbus, Ohio. We learned that 7 presidents are from Ohio, 24 astronauts, Thomas Edison, and Neil Armstrong (the first man on the moon). Ohio also houses the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as the NFL Hall of Fame. They have 28 students in their class!
We met new friends from Kentucky today! They are i the southwest region. They are also studying the 7 Habits since they are a Leader In Me school. Their school is K-5 and there are 834 students in their school, almost 200 more than ours! We thought it was interesting that the "Happy Birthday" song was written in Kentucky!
Today we talked with a second grade class in Dallas, Texas! We learned they are in the central time zone, like us, their sports teams are the Cowboys and Rangers, it was warm and sunny, and the Jonas brothers are from Texas! Yeehaw!
We met a class in Trumball, Connecticut! We learned they live 1 hour away from New York City and they visit the Statue of Liberty often. The weather was very cold and snowy. They live near the Atlantic Ocean and are close to New Jersey. Their school hours are 8:20-3:20. They are in the Eastern Time Zone, so they are 1 hour ahead of us. Most students are bilingual and they spoke to us in Spanish, Italian, and Chinese!!! So cool!
Anie! Today we Skyped our classmate, Anie on her trip to Salt Lake City, Utah! That's the capital city. They are 1 hour behind us. She rode in a plane and it took 3 hours. It was fun to see her on the screen. We can't wait for her to come back!
Today we called a class in Delaware. We learned Delaware was the first state! Their school is 2nd-5th grade. It was very cold and snowy there. They are in the eastern time zone, so they are 1 hour ahead of us. They have the same specials classes as we do!
This morning we called a 2nd grade class in Grosse Point, Michigan! We learned their state touches 4 of the 5 Great Lakes. Michigan is 2 peninsulas connected by one of the world's longest bridges. They are so close to Canada, they can see the people across the water! They are in the central time zone, like us. They still have lots of snow there. They love to eat coney dogs. YUM!
We had our 2nd call of the day! We used Google Hangouts for this one. We called a 2nd grade class in Salina, KS. There are about 50,000 people that live in their city. They are only about 3 hours away from us. They like the Chiefs, Royals, and Sporting KC, too!
We called an author in Hollywood! His name is John Edwards and he read us his new book TRY-ceratops. It had a great message about trying new things. He gave us great advice on being a writer!
We played Mystery Number with a class near Chicago. We learned they are in the central time zone, they are famous for Chicago-style Pizza, they're Pre-K. Also, President Obama is from Chicago!
We called a 2nd grade class in Jackson, MS! They are in the same time zone as us. Their school is K-6 with over 600 students! There are 21 students in their class. Their school hours are 7:30-2:00. That's early! We learned that Elvis Presley is from there! Wow!
Today we met a 2nd grade class from Pennsylvania. They are in the eastern time zone and their mascot are the Wildcats. They have 3 2nd grade classes. Their class has 26 students, with 475 in their whole school. We loved seeing how much we are similar!
Today we met author Tara Lazar! She wrote a book called The Monstore. She read the book to us and was a great reader with lots of fluency and expression! She told us that we could find writing ideas anywhere! She was really fun to meet! www.taralazar.com.
We met Ms. Mason's aunt Chelly in Idaho! She was funny because she answered with a picture of an ANT, not AUNT! April Fool's! She read a book to us and taught us about Idaho. They are known for potatoes. She was really fun!
Today we met 2nd graders from Columbia, Missouri, home of the MU Tigers! They go to Parkade Elementary. They are in the same time zone as us and are only a couple of hours away. They are 30 minutes away from our state capital, Jefferson City, so they go there for field trips. Ms. Hofmann came down, too. She used to teach there and liked to see her old school. MIZ!
We met a class near Denver, Colorado. Their city is called Mesa. They live near mountains! They have similar specials. They are 1 hour behind us in the mountain time zone. Their school hours are 7:30-2:25! They were very nice, even though they are Bronco fans!!! :)
Today, we met 2nd graders in Illinois. It was their first Skype and they guessed our Mystery number! They did a great job and we hope they like doing more Skypes in the future!
We met an author named Heidi Schulz! She lives in Salem, Oregon. She wrote a chapter book called Hook's Revenge! It's about Captain Hook's daughter. She taught us that a great way to start a story is with a "What if..." question like "What if Captain Hook had a daughter?". She also sent us autographed bookmarks! We are so excited to write!
Today we met a class in San Diego, CA! The temperature is usually around 90 degrees. It's very warm and they like to spend time at the beach. California is working hard to conserve water. They are in the pacific time zone so they are 2 hours behind us. We learned that they don't do tornado drills, but they do earthquake drills and have to watch out for wildfires! The coolest thing was that their school mascot is a tiger, just like us!
We called our friends from Delaware back today to play mystery number. It was really fun! They were very excited and did a great job using what they know about place value to find our number!
Wow, we called Hawaii!!! They are a 2nd grade class in Pearl City, HI. They live on the island of Oahu. Today it was 75 degrees, just like here! The difference is that it's nice and warm there everyday. Not here! They greeted us with "aloha" which means hello and goodbye. We can't wait to email them to learn more about Hawaii! Aloha!
We met second graders from Nebraska. Their mascot are the Haymakers. They are in rural farmland. Their school is 1st-5th grade. They are in the central time zone, just like us! Nebraska's capital is Lincoln. The Pony Express started there, that's what they used before mail like we know it as today!
We made new friends in Puerto Rico!!!!! They are one hour ahead of us. Puerto Rico is southeast of Florida. It is made up of many islands. They taught us lots of new things, like Toro Verde's 4,700 foot long zipline and their Bioluminescence Bay! They mostly speak English and they use US dollars as their currency. We were surprised that they were so similar to us. The weather there is beautiful and they can wear shorts EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR! They were so nice to meet!
Today we called a 3rd grade class in Sammamish, Washington. The state capital is Olympia, their state nickname is "The Evergreen State". They are2 hours behind us. They taught us how to do earthquake drills. It was cool to see how similar our classes are!
Today we called Molly the Fire Dog! She gave us lots of tips on fire safety. Some of us went home to make escape maps. Molly is such a good dog. Check out their website at
Today we got to Skype with Mrs. P's Storytime! Mrs. P. is a great storyteller. We like to watch her read alouds at www.mrsp.com She read to us and we got to ask her a question. She loves to write. She said that she writes a silly poem each day about something different. Then she made one up about a fat cat! We are so excited to write!
Wow, Alaska! We called a 4th grade class in Soldotna, AK. They taught us a lot about Alaska. They also helped us learn about some things we've been talking about. They live on a peninsula, have volcanoes, and practice earthquake drills, just like our friends in Washington do! They are 3 hours behind us. It was awesome!
Today was our last Skype. We called a class in Georgia! The capital is Atlanta. Their city is named Roswell. Their school is huge! They have 1,200 students. There are 10 second grade classes. They also practice tornado and fire drills. We are sad that it's our last Skype, but we had fun!