Monday, October 28, 2013

Video chat from Africa!

Today we had the opportunity to video chat live with Angola, Africa. My father is pictured on the left, along with Derek the medic (from Portugal).
They gave us a tour of the medical lab, discussed malaria, and told us all about the animals of Africa.

The students were surprised to learn that hippos are considered one of the most deadly animals in Africa, due to the aggressive nature in which they protect their young.

Elephants are apparently big pests that have no regard for property, and they love to stomp in gardens!
Students were also amazed that when you go camping in Africa, you have to pitch your tent on top of the vehicle so the elephants won't step on you!

We learned about snakes, monkeys, monitor, crocodiles and more!

1 comment:

  1. Hi from Africa to Mrs. Cross & her 3rd grade class!
    We were thrilled to participate in this diversity class!
    We enjoyed the chance given to teach about Africa (it's animals, people, language, geography, etc) as well as Portugal (where Derek is from).
    Derek spoke in Portuguese to the class, a different experience for most Americans.
    We tried to raise awareness about the Malaria disease, that affects so many people in Africa and we showed the class around the clinical setting that we were speaking from.
    We're glad to inform the students about the camping methods used in Africa... much different than those used States side. You wouldn't expect an elephant to step on you in a state park at night! ;)
    If you're up for it, we can repeat the experience in future occasions, if possible.
    Somewhere in Africa (nearby the mouth of the Congo River) we are signing out!
    Barry & Derek