This Wednesday we had out first video chat of the year. We called Gallon Jug Community School in Belize. Here is a picture of their school, with the rainforest in the background.
Gallon Jug Community School
And here is where Belize and Connecticut are located on the globe:
Connecticut, USA and Belize
We spoke with the school’s principal, Mr. Casey, and some of his students. It was exciting to talk into the computer’s camera and see ourselves on the big screen! We could also see and hear the 7th and 8th graders all the way from Belize.
Using the computer's web-camera
Learning from our Belize friends
We learned a lot about the rainforest from our video chat. We asked the students questions and they gave us excellent information.
Here are some of the things we learned:
- It doesn’t rain all the time. Sometimes it doesn’t rain for weeks. There is a rainy season and a dry season.
- The rainforest is loud in the morning and evening because of howler monkeys and birds, but is kind of quiet during the day.
- Bats are very important to the rainforest because they spread fruit seeds and also pollinate flowers that open at night.
- They get to see a lot of animals! Like monkeys, jaguars, iguanas, and LOTS of birds.
- One boy said he has seen 3 jaguars, 22 ocelots, and a few pumas and jaguarundis!
- Algae and slime grow on sloths because they are so slow and wet. The green algae helps the sloth stay camouflaged. Also, sometimes they lick their fur to eat some of the algae for protein!
Thank you Gallon Jug Community School!
Our first video chat was a great experience. Thank you to Mr. Casey and his students in Gallon Jug! We didn’t have time for all our questions, so maybe we will be able to have another video chat soon…
Ideas for comments:
Would you like to live near a rainforest?
What was the most interesting part of the video chat?
Any comments you would like to share!