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Where Will the Traveling Teacher Stop First?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Right now, the Traveling Teacher is in New York City preparing for the first flight of her trip!. She is busy applying for travel visas, buying plane tickets, and deciding where to go first. 

Using the clues below, can YOU guess where the Traveling Teacher is going first? Leave your guess in the comment box below. (Remember, no last names for students.)  If you enter the correct answer by Sept. 20th, you will receive a postcard and be entered to win a Classroom Skyping Session from the Traveling Teacher at her  first stop!

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1. The Traveling Teacher will fly EAST from New York City, New York, U.S.A.

2. This country is home to about 120 different ethnic groups; more than 100 languages are spoken.

3. This country is the largest country in the world, occupying 1/10th of all of the land on Earth.

4. This country’s capital city is located along a river and has FORTY-NINE bridges.

5.  This country’s capital city has more billionaires living there than in any other city on earth.


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  • Alex T.

    Is it China? SO glad that you have this blog! I loved Peking Duck for me!

    • The Traveling Teacher

      Maybe! If I do, I will eat Peking Duck! (I also received your tweet — haha!) I loved reading your travel blog this summer. Where was your favorite place to visit?

      I hope you’re having a fantastic beginning to your 8th grade year!

      • Alex T.

        Thanks! I thought of east as west and vice versa.. Honestly, my favorite place to visit is London, England, UK. I just love everything about it! That’s a good place to go, if you haven’t planned on going there already! Have a great trip! I’d love to be the Global Ambassador (I want to be a real ambassador someday), but I already have a forum role, so I can’t be it :( oh well, at least I will hear about your travels! Have a great time, Alex

  • Patty

    The Traveling Teacher will first stop in Moscow!

    • The Traveling Teacher

      Hmmmmmmm… if so, I should definitely rewatch Dr. Zhivago!

  • Mrs. Lynn’s 3rd grade

    Most of our class thinks that you are going to Russia. Two girls, however, think that you are going to China. Have fun!!

    • The Traveling Teacher

      Hello Mrs. Lynn’s 3rd Grade Class!

      You girls are definitely using those clues well! Which clue helped you the most?

      I have spoken with a person in the city where I will be visiting first, and I am hoping to visit with a school a few days after I land. I am looking forward to seeing how students in different places around the world go to school. Is there anything you wonder about other children around the world?

  • Mrs. Overend’s 3rd grade

    Our class was split in our vote for where you are traveling. 6 of us think you are going to Russia first. 8 of us think you are first going to China. We can’t wait to find out!

    • The Traveling Teacher

      You are really thinking well, girls! What clues helped you the most?

      I have purchased my airplane ticket and will be flying from the JFK airport in New York City on Saturday, September 24th. I will post a photo of the city where I land within a few days after I land! I am excited to see how other people around the world live. Is there anything you wonder about other children around the world?

      I can’t wait to keep in touch with you while I’m traveling!

  • Lorraine La Morte

    Just an old co-worker—my husband and I were talking about you this evening and I tried to see what you were up to. WOW!!! Best of luck on this amazing journey. You are and have always been a fabulous educator and a true inspiration for those who share your vocation. Safe travels!

    Lorraine La Morte

    • The Traveling Teacher

      Lorraine! How wonderful to hear from you. And thank you for your kind words. How in the world did you find my blog? Where are you teaching now? I’d love to catch up sometime. Please contact me through my email: travelingteacherblog AT

  • Kim and Michele

    Moscow – two heads working as one

    • The Traveling Teacher

      @ Kim and Michele: Two heads are always better than one! Good thinking, Ladies.

  • Johno

    Not sure if you can get the duck there, try the caviar. It’s almost as abundant as sand there!

    • The Traveling Teacher

      Mmmmmmmm… caviar.

  • Johno

    By the way, great job on the website, Ms Gross!

  • The Traveling Teacher

    Thanks, Johno!

  • Mrs.Moran’s Kindergarten

    We are so excited to follow your travels. It will help us learn about other countries and the children. We are interested in what they do in school. Thanks.

    • The Traveling Teacher

      Hi Girls! I am so excited that you will join me as I travel to schools in other countries. I too am interested to see how different children learn in school. I also want to know what different children like to eat for lunch. What are some of your favorite foods to eat for lunch?

  • Mrs. Martin’s first grade class

    We think that you are traveling to Russia. We made this decision because:
    1. Russia is where Siberian tigers live, and they are the world’s biggest cats.
    2. Russia looks like it is the biggest country in the world when we look at our globe and our maps.
    3.Russia is to the east of New York City.

    When will you let us know? Good luck on your flight. Have a good time. We can’t wait to hear back from you.

    Mrs. Martin’s class

    • The Traveling Teacher

      HELLO MRS. MARTIN’S FIRST GRADE CLASS! It is so fun to have you along with me on my travels!!! You are CORRECT! Right now I am in Moscow, Russia. It is the capital of Russia.You used your globe well and your thinking was EXCELLENT. I have not, however, seen any Siberian tigers (Thank Goodness!)

      I will post some clues about where I am going next SOON! I can’t wait to Skype with you all one day!

      Ms. Gross, The Traveling Teacher

  • Johno

    New York to Moscow! That’s a long trip. How long was the flight?

    • The Traveling Teacher

      8 hours! But we arrived 16 hours later. What is the time difference?!

  • joannie

    How’s the “traveling TURKEY?!” couldn’t resist…. Clemson whooped your Hokies! :) I love you!

    • The Traveling Teacher

      Seems I leave for 1 week and my sports teams go to pot… Francona?! :( Send some more LOVE!
      Did you students like the response?!