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At our school we’ve been talking about feeling proud about something you’ve accomplished. We definitely feel proud that we found all the Mystery Classes! We wrote in this blog post about how we worked to find them. It took a lot of effort and perseverance to figure out all the clues. In fact, we struggled over Mystery Class 8 until the last day of the contest, when a small group finally figured out it was in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
This was such a fun project! We enjoyed learning about the changing seasons and the cultures of so many interesting places.
Here is the actual list of classes, courtesy of Journey North. Have you heard of all these cities?
Do you know who Flat Stanley is? He’s a character in a series of books written by Jeff Brown. He’s a regular boy except that he is totally flat! Because he is flat he can go on all kinds of adventures; all he has to do to travel somewhere is get mailed there in an envelope!
We are starting a Flat Stanley project. We are making our own Flat Stanleys and sending them to friends all over the world. Our friends will take pictures and tell us stories about the adventures Stanley had while visiting them. If you’d like Flat Stanley to visit you, please leave us a comment!
A group at our Saturday Academy made a trailer about our Flat Stanley project. A trailer is supposed to give you a little bit of information about something that is coming up, just to get you excited about it.
Did our trailer work? Are you excited about the Flat Stanley project?
Today we had our first Mystery State Skype call of the year. We talked to Mr. Haney’s class. The y asked us some questions about our state, and gave us some clues about theirs. It wasn’t easy, but most of us guessed their state by the end of the call. It was really fun to talk to kids who were all the way on the other side of our country! At the time we were talking to them it was 11:00 a.m. here in Arizona, but there it was almost time to go home!
We are looking forward to Skyping with lots of other classes this year. If you’d like to connect with us, please feel free to leave us a comment!
We have been inspired by all the great student-made movies we have seen on the Internet. We especially like the chromakey green screen videos created by Mr. Avery’s class. On Saturday, two students came to Saturday Academy to create a green screen video of their own.
Before we got to school,Mrs. Hamman had downloaded some stock video footage and photos to use as our backgrounds. We planned a rough idea for our script, then tacked up a canvas green screen at the front of the room and filmed in front of it. We only had an hour and a half to write, film and edit the movie, so we just kept our first take each time (except for the two bloopers you see at the end of the video!) After we filmed, we edited the movie, adding titles, music and transitions. Since we were borrowing Mrs. Hamman’s Mac we used iMovie to create our movie. We thought it was pretty simple to use, but there are many other ways to make green screen videos. Mr. Avery has some great tutorials that explain a variety of methods.
Here is our first green screen experiment! What do you think?
Here are few things we learned from our first video:
1. What you wear in front of the screen is really important! Unless you want to look like the Invisible Man, your clothes can’t have even a hint of green on them.
2. We should have used a tripod to hold the camera still during filming. The movement of the camera is more noticeable when you replace the actual background.
3. Making a green screen video is really fun! We look forward to experimenting more with this technology.
In social studies we have been studying the history and geography of the United States. This year we have been learning about other states from the students who live there! We’ve been doing an activity called Mystery State. We Skype call a class in another state, and ask them questions about their state. Then they ask us questions about our state. We try not to make our clues too obvious, because we don’t want them to guess our state too quickly. At the end of the call, we each guess the other’s state.
We were introduced to Mystery State by Mr. Haney’s class, and now we Skype whenever we get the chance! Here is a Google Map with the states we have “visited” so far marked. We’d love to talk to a class in each of the fifty states before the end of the year.
Which states have you visited?
Which states would you like to learn more about?