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Husky Hits - December 7 2018

For an hour on Friday morning, Ms. Taylor's class participated in a Mystery Skype with fourth graders at Saddle River Day School in Saddle River, New Jersey, with former St. James’ technology teacher, Laura Hollis! Mystery Skype is a fun learning game that builds students’ cultural awareness, critical thinking, and geography skills. Two classrooms in different locations use Skype and ask a series of questions to guess each other’s locations. Through the exercises students learn to prepare, along with the process of Skyping, students learn communication skills, build awareness for cultural differences, determine locations on a map, and gain experience with process of elimination. All fourth graders in Ms. Taylor's class had a specific role to play, from researcher to map reader to question gatherer to spokesperson. We can't wait to put our Mystery Skype skills to work again!

"While studying winter wonderlands and monochromatic color, the kindergarten collaboratively reimagined Pieter Bruegel the Elder's, "The Hunters in the Snow" (1565) as " The Snowmen in the Snow." They also observed winter scenes by nineteenth-century Japanese printmaker, Katsushika Hokusai and twentieth-century, self-taught artist Grandma Moses. Kindergarteners noted that the three artworks from different cultures and centuries highlight our shared relationship with nature. Also, they observed and discussed that the clothing styles and architecture in each artwork varied."
-- Josh Friedman, Art Teacher