We are studying Mexico as part of our "My Place in the World" social studies unit, so naturally we had to do a little Mexican cooking! Yesterday, the class helped make salsa. Our ingredients were tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, lime juice, and a little bit of salt. Mrs. Lucier had some cool chopping tools for us to use to blend and puree. Everyone sampled the salsa, even if they were pretty sure they wouldn't like it. Some students were surprised to find they did like our concoction. I thought it was fresh and delicious.
Doing Mystery Location Skype calls is also a direct connection to our current unit in social studies. Yesterday, we connected with Mrs. McGrath's class in Fishers, Indiana, a town just outside Indianapolis. We shared school mascots and a few facts about our schools after we'd figured out each other's location. As you can probably imagine, Vermont has proven to be a tricky state for the other classes to guess. One popular question is whether or not we border a body of water. We do, of course (Lake Champlain) but that's not as easily visible on most U.S. maps as the Great Lakes are. It's stumped many!