Project Name:

Mystery Location Skype

Project Description:

Find the mystery location of the other classroom by asking yes/no questions.

Target Grade Levels:


How will students communicate with each other, and share their learning in this project?

Skype, Google Hangouts, Facetime, or other video conferencing platforms

Project Duration:


Handshake Activity:

Mystery Location Skype IS the handshake activity. Once you find the secret location of the other class, schedule other activities to learn more about each other.

Guiding Question/Theme:

How find the mystery location of the other class just by asking yes/no questions?

Project Goals:

  • Students will use map skills to find the location of the mystery classroom
  • Students will use communication and critical thinking skills to ask questions to help them find the mystery location.
  • Classes communicate with other classrooms via Skype or Google+ Hangouts.
  • Students will learn to respect and appreciate the cultures and customs of others.
  • Students will be able to see the differences and similarities between themselves and others around the world.

How we will measure student contribution:

Student participation will vary depending on the job given and the level of ability.

How we will assess students:

We will assess their ability to work together, ask questions, and think critically.

How we will celebrate students' success and foster self-reflection:

It is encouraged to keep a map with pins of each location posted in your room.

Additional Information: (How to join, contact information, etc…)

You will find your own classroom. Please fill out our google form and you will be added to a spreadsheet with all of the other participants sorted by time zone.

How it works:

Option 1: (Advanced) Find the country/state or province/city of the other classroom by asking only YES/NO questions. A “YES” answer allows to ask another question. A “NO” answer gives the opposing group the chance to ask a question. 20 questions maximum. After each 5 questions a CLUE can be given.

Option 2: (Intermediate) Find the country/state or province/city of the other classroom by asking only YES/NO questions. The same classroom will keep asking questions until they find the location. After each 5 questions a CLUE can be given.

Option 3: (Beginning). Students will find the location of the other class using clues that the other class gives. It can go back and forth with each team taking turns with questions and answers. This will help younger students stay engaged and keep the frustration level at a minimum..

After the game: Each class can share facts and information about their home country and/or city.

Mystery Location Teams - give everyone a job!
• Greeters – say hello and tell something about the class without giving away location
• Inquirers – ask the questions
• Question Keepers – keep track of the questions and answers
• Mappers – use atlas, Google maps, etc. to zero in on the clues
• Digital Photographer/Videographer – captures the call with a digital and/or video camera

Possible Mystery Location Questions:

1. Is your continent in the Eastern/Western Hemisphere?
2. Is your continent in the Northern/Southern Hemisphere?
3. Is your continent near the Atlantic/Pacific/Indian/Arctic Ocean?
4. Is your continent N. America/S. America/Africa/Europe/Asia/Australia/Antarctica?
5. Is it a big/small country?
6. Do you speak English as a first language?
7. Is it very hot in summer and cold in winter?
8. Is it north/south/east/west of...........?
9. Does your country border another country?
8. Are there mountains in your country?
9. Does your country have a coastline?
10. Is …...................the capital of your country?
11. Does your state/province border?
12. Is your country/state/province north/south/east/west of?
13. Is your city in the north/south/east/west of your country/state/province?
14. Is your city the capital of your country/state/province?

Possible Clues:
1. The time is...
2. The season is...
3. We are north/south/east/west of...
4. The beginning letter is...
5. We also speak French/German/Spanish/Mandarin etc...

Helpful Information:
Skype Etiquette and Mystery Skype Guidelines
Mystery Skype 101

Secret Skyping

Teaching Geography with Mystery Skype

Please contact Louise Morgan