Une minute new-yorkaise / A New York Minute

new yorkLe vendredi 18 octobre, la classe de Mme Joiner (4e année) s’est bien amusée en participant à une session Skype mystère. Tous les élèves se sont bien comportés, tout en participant de façon active.

La préparation s’est faite de l’avance, et les questions ont été bien choisies. De plus, les élèves ont demandé les ressources parfaites : atlas, cartes, iPads (Google Earth), accès aux ressources imprimées, etc. D’ailleurs, il faut également féliciter Mme Joiner car elle a regroupé les élèves en équipes en se basant sur leurs forces… Malgré le degré d’excitation, tout le monde s’est vraiment mis à la tâche!

Après plusieurs jeux de « roche, papier, ciseaux », la session s’est ouverte! Les questions se posaient de tous les côtés de la bibliothèque, incluant du SMARTboard… Le rythme était frénétique!

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Les élèves de Mme Joiner ont eu quelques difficultés en raison de l’emplacement unique de la classe mystère. Elle se trouvait dans la ville de New York, au sein de l’état de New York. Après quelques explications de la part des experts cartographiques, toute la classe a mieux saisi l’endroit visé.

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Par la suite, la classe de Ms. Gartside n’a pas été trop loin à nous retrouver! La ville de Toronto de ciblée, et puis la plupart des villes qui se situent aux alentours… Newmarket est sortie ainsi qu’une célébration style explosive de cris et d’applaudissements!

Pourtant, peu après, c’est le silence qui régnait suprême car la classe de Mme Joiner a appris que « The School at Columbia University » se situait dans un édifice de douze étages, au centre ville (l’école occupe les six premiers étages – les autres sont des appartements résidentiels)! De plus, les élèves de Ms. Gartside jouent sur le toit pendant les récrés car il n’y a pas de terrain de jeu! Pourtant, toute l’école se rend au Central Park les lundis.

Enfin, Ms. Gartside s’est excusée en disant qu’elle et ses élèves avaient besoin de raccrocher en raison d’une sortie culturelle… La classe de Mme Joiner, curieuse, l’a demandée la destination. Les élèves new-yorkais partaient au « American Museum of Natural History » – et bien oui, le lieu des films « A Night at the Museum »… Disons que tous les individus qui se trouvaient à l’intérieur de la bibliothèque à Mazo étaient plus que jaloux!

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new yorkFriday, October 18th, Mme Joiner’s class (Grade 4) had a great time as they actively participated in a Mystery Skype. The students were incredibly well behaved and extremely focussed throughout the session.

All prep work was done well in advance, and most questions were selected with care. Students also requested some of the best resources: atlases, maps, iPads (Google Earth), and access to any print resource from within the library. Nonetheless, Mme Joiner certainly did her homework! Students were extremely well grouped – strengths and talents were considered. Despite the incredible level of excitement, everyone remained focused and on-task!

After several rounds of “rock, paper, scissors”, the session began! Questions were being asked from every direction, including from “within” the SMARTboard itself. The pace was extraordinary!

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Mme Joiner’s students struggled with the exact location of the mystery class thanks in part to their shared name: New York, New York… After several explanations from the mapping experts, the class understood that the city and State shared a common name!

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Thereafter, Ms. Gartside’s class was quick to catch-up and zero-in on our town! With Toronto in their sights, and almost every other surrounding town… Newmarket was identified, and with that, an explosive celebration ensued: shouts of “yahoo” and loud applauds.

Nevertheless, once students began to talk about their school and community life, you could hear a pin drop… absolute silence! Mme Joiner’s class was speechless upon learning that “The School at Columbia University” was situated in a twelve-floor skyscraper, in the heart of New York City (the school can be found on the first six floors, with residential apartments above)! Furthermore, Ms. Gartside’s students play on the roof during recess and break time, as there is no “real” playground – although they do manage a trip to Central Park on Monday’s.

Towards the end of our session, Ms. Gartside excused herself and her class, explaining that they were heading out on a field trip… Naturally, Mme Joiner’s students were VERY curious of their destination. The New Yorkers were heading to THE American Museum of Natural History… and YES, it is the museum featured in all of the “A Night at the Museum” movies… It is safe to say that EVERYONE in the Mazo library that day was beyond jealous!

One Comment Add yours

  1. Katy Gartside says:

    Hi,
    This is 5A in New York! We really like your post! It gives a lot of detail about our Mystery Skype session.
    We had a great time on our field trip at the American Museum of Natural History! We saw an artist painting a portrait, and we stopped to ask questions and she was also an anthropologist who studies people by doing their portraits. We were pretty amazed that someone could do research that way.

    We had a great time Skyping with you and hope maybe we can do it again during the year. We wish we had asked you some French words because only one of us speaks any French!
    Bye,
    5A

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