Skype Quiz – Millionaire Style

Last week two schools and four classes met online for a Skype Quiz.  We first met Miss Fraser and the Frole Islanders earlier this year through a Mystery Skype.  In the chat that followed the Mystery Skype we discovered that both classes were learning about Asia.  So, what better way to celebrate a term’s learning than to have a quiz?

Earlier in the week, 5/6JC and 4/5P worked in small teams to brainstorm multiple choice questions for Miss Fraser and her class.  The list was narrowed down to ten questions.

Before the quiz began we allocated roles.  There were quiz masters to ask questions, fact fairies to share information after each of the questions we asked and contestants to answer questions.  We also had a ‘music man’ to play the theme song, performers for the ad breaks, photographers,  a camera person and Google Gurus.

Each school/team had four life lines:

* Ask the Audience (the class voted on each of the answers)

* 50:50 (two wrong answers were eliminated, leaving two possible answers)

* Phone a Friend (contestant ‘phones’ a classmate)

* Google Guru (a student with internet access can Google the answer)
Killara Primary School asked us ten multiple choice questions first.  They were all about China because that was this term’s Unit of Inquiry. You can see how many you would have answered correctly by clicking on the slideshow below.


We used three of our life lines and won $5000.  Next, we quized Killara about different countries in Asia because that is what they have been learning about this term.  You can test your general knowledge of Asia with the ten questions we wrote below.


Our Skype Quiz was caught on film and you can watch a very edited version of it in the clip below.


Thank you to Killara Primary School for a great afternoon and congratulations on winning $500 000 imaginary dollars.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

What quiz question about China would you add?

How have you used Skype in the past?

Do you have an idea for our next Skype with Killara?

Lucky Dragons

This week the spotlight has been on Chinese festivals and celebrations.  We found out about the Dragon Boat Festival and Chinese New Year.  It seems that dragons play an important part in Chinese celebrations.

Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is held on 5th May every year.  It is held in memory of Qu Yuan, a Chinese man who drowned in the Miluo River.  Fishermen tried to save him by paddling out on boats and even threw food into the water so the fish would not eat his body.  Today, celebrations include dragon boat races and special ‘zongzi’ food is eaten.  Zongzi is special food wrapped in bamboo leaves.  Click HERE to read Daniel’s blog post about the history of the Dragon Boat Festival and how we celebrated it at school.



Chinese New Year

Click HERE to watch the Behind the News video clip we watched to learn about Chinese New Year.  We discovered:

* Chinese New Year is usually in February and celebrations last for 15 days.

* The Luna Calendar determines when Chinese New Year is celebrated.

* Dragons are a symbol of good luck and can be made from paper, silk and bamboo.

* Some dragons are 70 metres long and need 200 people to carry them.

* Each year of the Chinese Calendar is represented by an animal. 

* It is believed that people take on the characteristics of the animal of the year they are born.

* It is considered bad luck to do house work during Chinese New Year because you will sweep away good luck.

* People eat special dumplings shaped like money so they become rich.

* There are special red envelopes with money handed to children.

After taking notes in a data chart we used the Educreations app for the first time ever to create a short report on Chinese New Year.  We are still learning all about this new app and Miss Crowther is still learning how to put our iPad creations on the blog.  Hopefully you can click HERE and HERE to see our early creations. 

What other celebrations do you know about?  Tell us!

Have you used Educreations before?  What tips can you share?



Having Fun in China

This term’s Our Unit of Inquiry is all about China.  China has a population of 1.3 billion people (according the National Geographic for Kids) which means that more people live in China than in any other country on Earth.  We have discovered that China has huge mountains, sandy deserts and even rainforests. 

Last week we learnt about some of the traditional games children play in China.  They play lots of the same games we do, like running races, tiggy and hide and seek.  Some of the games are a lot like our games, only with a different name.  ‘Jumping Room’ is the same as our Hopscotch and ‘Dodge the Beanbag’ is our Poison Ball. 

Some Chinese games are not so similar to the games we play.  Tiao Pi Jing (tee-ow-pee-jing) is one of these games.  Miss Crowther remembers calling it Elastics and playing it when she was at primary school.  As part of our Education Week celebrations we taught our prep buddies how to play and have made a short video to teach our blogging buddies!  Thanks to Mrs M for the Vimeo tips.  If you don’t have elastic, thread some elastic bands together! 


We didn’t know it at the time, but it turns out Mrs M and Class 2 have also been playing elastics….in England!  Click HERE to see their video clip.

What is your favourite game to play?  Do you know which country it originates from?

Do you know any other Chinese games?