Mystery Skype Lesson Plan

Teach your students about regions of the United States in a fun, interactive way with a Mystery Skype lesson by educator Patti Grayson.

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In this interactive lesson plan, learn how to conduct a Mystery Skype lesson with your classroom.

Students learn about different regions of the United States including the climate, landforms, resources, economy, and people of those regions. Mystery Skype is a connected learning experience that allows student-driven learning, inquiry, and deductive reasoning to be at the forefront of instruction. In a Mystery Skype session, a call is received by another class, but neither class knows the location of the other.

Using geography questions, students use maps and construct yes or no questions to ask the other class in order to determine their location first! Students build inquiry skills, learning how to formulate questions that will further their learning.

Question askers and map-readers work together to figure out the questions that will best narrow down the location of the other class, while recorders write down the information learned and the answering team receives questions from the other class.

The role of the teacher is to facilitate – to help direct the Skype call, and to encourage students to use the information they gain to formulate questions as they learn. Mystery Skype calls take approximately 20-30 minutes and are easy to schedule.

This lesson plan includes:

An introductory video from educator Patti Grayson

The What, How, Why, and When of Mystery Skype

A video of mystery skype happening in a real classroom

The Lesson Plan - Objectives, materials, anticipatory set, roles, and reflection

Are You Ready? Checklist

Things to Think About

Reflection Questions

Additional Resources

This downloadable lesson plan is in a PDF format, which is easily read on any computer, tablet, or mobile device.

Help your students build inquiry skills

Your students will learn how to formulate questions that will further their learning.

Just $9.99 for instant access to this fun lesson plan.

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About The Instructor

Patti Grayson

Patti Grayson

Author, 4th Grade Teacher

Patti Grayson is a 4th grade teacher at Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News, Virginia. She serves as the Lower School Technology Representative, and is part of the school’s Digital Learning Team. She is a connected educator, and works to connect her students to other classes through blogging, Skype, Edmodo, and Twitter. She has been involved with PLP since 2010, serving as a writer for PLP’s Voices From the Learning Revolution, and as a Connected Coach. Her articles have also appeared at MindShift and Teach.com, and she was named a Top 10 Teacher in the Hampton Roads community for 2012. You can find Patti online at Patti’s Ponderings, and on Twitter @pattigrayson.

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Global learning with Skype

Teach your students about regions of the United States in a fun, interactive way with this Mystery Skype lesson!

Get instant access for just $9.99

Need to pay with a purchase order? Or maybe you want to enroll more than one teacher, your staff, your whole school or district? Or maybe you want to create a custom course bundle? We can do that! Contact us and we'll get you set up in a hurry.