This morning we spoke with a great class is Roma (Rome), Italy!  The class was very excited to talk with us.  Each student took turns introducing themself to us in front of their web cam.

City: Roma, Italy
Continent: Europe
Miles from Missouri: 5075.9 miles
Current Temperature in St. Louis, Missouri: 40 degrees Fahrenheit
Current Temperature in Orange, Texas: 50 degrees Fahrenheit
School Schedule: Monday through Friday
Interesting Facts:  Students were practicing learning English and saying hello.  Their room had beautiful architecture with details in the ceiling, long curtains, and it looked really amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interested to know more?  Check out Thinkquests: A Kid’s Life in… “Italy”

International School of Uganda

We were lucky enough to have a teacher from Uganda speak with us today and share about her school.  It was 8:30 in the evening in Uganda, but only 11:30 here.  We were envious that they have a pool they get to swim in at school.  The students in the International School are from all over the world.  We enjoyed learning from their teacher very much.

City: Kampala, Uganda
Continent: Africa
Miles from Missouri: 7930 miles
Current Temperature in St. Louis, Missouri: 40 degrees Fahrenheit
Current Temperature in Orange, Texas: 80 degrees Fahrenheit
School Schedule: Monday through Friday
Interesting Facts:  Students in the high school are learning French or Spanish, just like our high school.  Uganda drivers drive on the left side of the road.  Coffee is a big export in Uganda.

Image Source: Wikipedia

We were talking to a school in Texas! We started at 10:37 and finished just a few minutes ago. Only a couple of them have been to Missouri, but only a couple of us have been to Texas, too. They love to read, and so do we! They like to read Percy Jackson, Warriors, Geronimo Stilton, and Jack Stalwart. They have a Walmart, a Target, and a Toys ‘R’ Us all right next to them. They had just had an intruder drill, and they are learning about the Stamp Act and the Tea Act.

 

City: Orange,Texas
Continent: North America
Miles from Missouri: 725.05 miles
Current Temperature in St. Louis, Missouri: 42 degrees Fahrenheit; sunny
Current Temperature in Orange, Texas: 64 degrees Fahrenheit; cloudy and humid
School Schedule: 7:15 to 2:30, Monday thru Friday
Interesting Facts: Their school buildings are divided K-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Their GATE kids have GATE for 30 minutes every day.  The don’t have snow days in Orange Texas, but they missed 3 weeks due to Hurricane Rita.

-Allie D.

Today we Skyped with a class in Leicester, U.K. We do not think they have states like the U.S. does.

Some things are different from us, such as their sports. They play sports like cricket, basketball, English football (soccer), and tennis. They were learning informational text and studying communities. They go to school from 8:35am until 3:00pm September through June and get 2 week vacation for Christmas and Easter. It was very chilly there. It was 0 degrees celsius.  They showed us a view out their window.  They live in a city and do not have a lot of green land like we do.

Along with differences we have similarities, like loving sports. We work hard at school. Both of us are in school Monday through Friday, and have recess or playtime. All of us get Christmas Break and Easter break, too.

We really enjoyed their English accents and meeting a class that lives an entire ocean away.  On Friday, they are going to give us a tour of their school with Skype.

 

City: Leicester, UK
Continent: Europe
Miles from Missouri: 4141 miles
Current Temperature in St. Louis, Missouri: 52 degrees Fahrenheit; sunny, 17 degrees Celsius
Current Temperature in Leicester:  0 degrees Celsius, 32 Fahrenheit
School Schedule: 7:15 to 2:30, Monday thru Friday
Interesting Facts: What we call soccer at our school, is called football in Leicester.

By: Gracie and Dominic

Today we Skyped with Virden, Manitoba, Canada. We learned that Canada does not have states like the United States.  They have provinces instead.

There are some things that are different from us. They go to school until the end of June. They start at 9:00 until 3:30. Also they get to play in the snow during recess. The regular teachers teach their specials, like art and music. They’re studying light in science. Most of them also have passports. They live close to the border.  Only a couple of us in our class have been to Canada, but most of them have been to the U.S.

We also have things in common. We both have the same time ranges.  Our time zone is Central and so is theirs.  They are almost right above us to the north. Plus we both have colorful classroom. We both have snow-days and field trips, too. There they have 21 kids in their class, which is very close to are number of kids we have.

So in all, we have a lot more in common than we thought.

City: Virden, Manitoba, Canada
Continent: North America
Miles from Missouri: 1,181 miles
Current Temperature in Missouri: 9 C / 48 F; clear skies
Current Temperature in Virden, Manitoba, CA; grey skies, snow on the ground
School Schedule: 9:00 to 3:00, Monday through Friday. Finish school year in June.
Currently Learning About: Light in Science
Interesting Facts: Get to build snow forts during recess.  We have the exact same chairs in our classroom.

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Thank you to our new friends in Manitoba for sharing your time and your day with us! 

(Written by Makayla)

We are exploring classrooms around the world!  Our project started on Skype Education and we’ll be sharing what we’re learning here on our website. Please check back for more information.