Two Truths and One Lie: A Culture Exchange

In 3/4 C we love learning about the world!

World globe

We have been working on a global project with Mrs Morris and our American blogging buddies to understand more about life on the other side of the world.

The project is called:Two Truths and One Lie

This is a collaboration between 3/4 C and Mrs Yollis’ third grade class in California, USA. We live nearly 13,000km apart!

Map showing distance Barwon Heads to LA
Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan connected with Mrs Yollis through blogging back in 2009. They have worked on many global projects together to help their students connect and learn.

In September, 3/4 C collaborated with Mrs Yollis’ class for International Dot Day.

About Two Truths and One Lie

This purpose of this project is to share some information about life in Australia and learn more about America. To add an element of fun, we made this project into a guessing game!

This is how Two Truths and One Lie worked:

1) 3/4 C students chose a category they were interested in, for example: Famous Australians, Australian Animals, Cricket, School Trends, etc. Most students worked with a partner.

Catergories on whiteboard

2) The students researched information about their category. We presented our ideas to the class for feedback before publishing.

Research

3) Students then created a Google slide on their iPads with three statements about their topic.

Researching

4) The students made two of their statements true, and one not true.

slide

The students sent their slide to Mrs Morris who added it to the class master slideshow.

Mrs Yollis’ class followed a similar process and shared their slideshow on their blog.

Presenting our Slideshow

Check out out slides below and see if you can guess which two statements are true and which one is not true.

Hint: You might need to do some research to confirm your thoughts.

CLICK HERE TO SEE MRS YOLLIS’ CLASS’ SLIDESHOW

Please leave a comment and tell us which statements you think are not true!

Remember to address your comment to the person/people who created the slide. You will find their names on the slide.

Monster Global Project With Mrs Yollis’ Class!

We have just completed a fun global project with Mrs Yollis’ third grade class in Los Angeles, California.

Mrs Yollis and her class have a blog, just like we do!

Mrs Yollis blog

This is how the project worked:

1. Students in 4B were matched up with a partner in Mrs Yollis’ class.

2. All students drew a picture of a monster.

3. Next, the students wrote a detailed description of their own monster.

4. The two classes shared their writing via Google Drive (but didn’t swap their pictures).

5. The students had to draw their partner’s monster using the details in the written description.

6. We compared the original drawing to the drawing our partner made of the monster!

The results:

The results of the project were so interesting! Here is the writing that the 4B students prepared along with their picture and the picture that their partner in Mrs Yollis’ class prepared.

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We learnt:

  • Writing needs to be very clear and detailed for someone to generate the same mental image that you started with.
  • Writing is an excellent way to help people create a mental image when it is done well.
  • When you leave details out of your writing, people can’t read your mind to imagine what you were thinking.
  • Good readers create mental images when they’re reading.
  • Working together with other classes is fun!

Be sure to check out the post on Mrs Yollis’ blog to see the results of our students drawing the directions from her students!

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What did you enjoy about this project?

After reading our descriptions, did our monsters look the way you imagined?

What did you notice about the drawings from your American buddies?

Have you got any tips for writing good descriptions?

Monster Global Project

We have just completed a fun global project with Mrs Yollis’s third grade class in Los Angeles, California.

This is how the project worked:

    1. Students in 4A and 4B were matched up with a partner in Mrs Yollis’s class.
    2. All students drew a picture of a monster.
    3. Next, the students wrote a detailed description of their own monster.
    4. The two classes switched their writing (but didn’t swap their pictures).
    5. The students had to draw their partner’s monster using the details in the written description.
    6. We compared the original drawing to the drawing our partner made of the monster!

The results:

The results of the project were so interesting! Here is the writing that 4A and 4B students prepared along with their picture and the picture that their partner in Mrs Yollis’s class prepared.

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We learnt:

  • Writing needs to be very clear and detailed for someone to generate the same mental image that you started with.
  • Writing is an excellent way to help people create a mental image when it is done well.
  • When you leave details out of your writing, people can’t read your mind to imagine what you were thinking.
  • Good readers create mental images when they’re reading.
  • Working together with other classes is fun!

Be sure to check out the post on Mrs Yollis’ blog to see the results of our students drawing the directions from her students!

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What did you enjoy about this project?

After reading our descriptions, did our monsters look the way you imagined?

Have you got any tips for writing good descriptions?