Thursday, March 31, 2011

Skyping With Our Quad Blogging Buddies: Mr. Avery's Class in Massachusetts!

We had a wonderful time today, Skyping with our
Quad Blogging Buddies in Mr. Avery's class in
Plympton, Massachusetts!

They called us at 11:00 A. M., which was 
2:00 P. M. Eastern Standard Time.
By the time we were finished talking, Mr. Avery's class was being dismissed to go home, and we were on our way to music with Mr. B!

The students in each class took turns sharing facts about 
their states, communities, and schools.

It was interesting to make comparisons and contrasts! 
For example, California is the third largest state in area with 158,633 square miles, and
Massachusetts is the sixth smallest state with an area of only 8,263 square miles!

In addition, California is the number one most populated state in the USA with
37,253,956 people! Massachusetts has a population of 6,547,629, 
which is a large number for such a small state!

We noticed that we have something special in common, the ocean!
Of course, ours is the Pacific and theirs is the Atlantic!


Each of us prepared a fact to share with Mr. Avery's class.

Some of the facts we shared were about our state symbols.
Watch the slide show to see some of the symbols of California!

California State Symbols on PhotoPeach


What did you enjoy most about our Skyping experience?

What California facts did you find most interesting?

What facts did you learn from Mr. Avery's class?

What Massachusetts state symbols do you remember?


  1. Dear Mrs. Ranney's class,

    We really enjoyed Skyping with you yesterday. We learned so much about California!

    We learned that your state bear is the grizzly bear even though you don't have any! We also learned that gold is a very common theme in your state symbols. It lead to your state motto, "Eureka! I've found it!" It's one of your state colors. Your state flower is the golden poppy. We even think that gold may be the reason why one of the football teams is called the San Francisco 49ers!

    It was great to put a face to some of those names that we've seen on our blog so often!

    We look forward to Skyping with you again!

    Your quad blogging buddies,
    Mr. Avery's class

  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    Out of all the things I enjoyed about skyping with Mr. Avery's class, learning out states’ symbols and getting to see Natalie (my blog buddy) were two favorites.

    The most interesting California fact was that we are the most populated state, even though we are only the third largest in size. Maybe that explains why we have so much traffic in Los Angeles! In addition, I was surprised to learn that the desert tortoise is our state’s reptile. It is an interesting fact to me because I have a pet desert tortoise. Her name is Zezette, and my dad got her as a gift when he was one year old!

    Some of the facts I learned from Mr. Avery’s class are that the Tabby cat is Massachusetts’ state cat, the Boston Terrier is the Massachusetts’ state dog, and the white whale is the state’s marine mammal. I also remember that there was a state cookie, dessert, and muffin, but we did not find out what they were.

    I hope we get to skype with Mr. Avery’s class again soon.

    Yours truly,

  3. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    I wish I was with you to skype with Mr. Avery’s class last Thursday. It looked like everyone was very excited. Since Aidan shared my fact for me, I will bring in a new fact when we skype again. I am doing some research now.

    I never knew that California had so many state symbols! There were a lot more than I expected.

    I have a lot of questions to ask, but I decided to pick just two of them for now.

    Since I wasn’t there, what were your two or three favorite facts?

    What was your favorite part of skyping? I skype with my relatives in Texas and my favorite part is that I get to see them smile and laugh while we talk!


    Leah ♥ (in Mrs. Ranney’s Class)

  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I enjoyed spotting the students’ faces the most. I would say I liked all the facts the same. I remember that they have the Right Whale, the American elm, the Tabby Cat, the Morgan Horse, and the Boston terrier.

    Maybe you and I can skype together.


  5. Michael, and PhilipApril 5, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Dear Mr. Avery,

    When we were skyping with you, you said that there is a state dessert, cookie, and a
    muffin. Can you tell us what they are, because I do not think you told us them.
    We remember your state dog, the Boston terrier, and your whale, the Right whale.

    Yours truly,
    Michael, and Philip :)
    (From Mrs. Ranney’s class)

  6. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    Skyping with Mr. Avery was very exciting.
    A fact that I shared was we have a state insect. It is The Dog Faced Butterfly. How it got its name was from a man who thought the wing looked like a dog's face. A couple of Massachusetts state symbols are the right whale, the elm tree, and the Boston terrier.

    Did you know that they have a state cookie? I wish they had told us though.

    My opinion is I wish we would have a state cookie.

    Your student,

  7. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    Skyping with Mr.Avery’s class was so exciting. I had so much fun learning facts about Massachusetts. I learned that they have a state cookie, and a state dessert. I hope they had fun too.


  8. Mikayla and JordynApril 26, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Do you remember when we were talking about Massachusetts’ state cookie? Well we wanted to know what it was, so Mikayla left a comment on Mr. Avery’s class blog. Mikayla learned that Massachusetts’ state cookie is the chocolate chip cookie. Jordyn learned that we are 3 hours ahead and that Massachusetts has a population of 6,547,629 people. We hope you learned something from us.

    Yours Truly,
    Mikayla ☆ and J☀rdyn


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