Our Final Week

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Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the last week of school and our final blog post. It certainly has been an eventful year with many changes. I am so proud of how you all adapted and embraced new ways of learning. Thank you for all your efforts and hard work. I enjoyed seeing your blog responses each week and hearing about all the wonderful things you have been up to. I would also like to thank all the family members who provided support and encouragement during this time. Remote learning was truly a team effort and it would not have been possible without you.

I would like to wish you all a wonderful summer break. I hope we get many days of wonderful weather and you have lots of fun playing outdoors. Enjoy this time with your family and I will see you all in September. Stay safe and keep healthy. I am thinking of all of you.

With love,


I will leave you with a few messages from your classmates.

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This message was created by Perry.

Take care everyone!

Week Ten

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Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the  10th week of our class blog.  We are nearing the end of the school year and our activity time online. I thought we could dedicate this week to doing some fun, hands-on projects. Most of the items for these projects can be found around the home, but if you are missing materials, try to think of some creative substitutions. Have fun!

Create An End Of The Year Message

Next week will be our final week together as a class. Though we are in different locations, I would like to celebrate together. I invite you send in any messages you have for your classmates. I know they would love to hear from you. Here are a few well wishes that have been created so far:

Create a Father’s Day Present

This Sunday, June 21st we will celebrate our fathers as well as people who have loved us like a father. I invite you to make some special surprises to give to the person you are honouring.

Father’s Day Card:

Image Source: http://inspiration.cricut.com/fill-in-the-blank-fathers-day-card-ideas-for-dad/

For this activity you will need paper (preferable coloured but white will also work), scissors, glue and markers or pencil crayons.

Step 1: Trace your hand twice and cut them out.

Step 2. Cut out a long strip of paper and fold it accordion style (the same type of folding you would do for a paper fan).

Step 3: On the hand you will use as the top of your card, write the words, Dad, I Love You.

Step 4: On your strip of paper write the words, THIS MUCH.

Step 5: Glue one end of the strip of paper to each hand.

Step 6. Press your hand together so it sits flat.

Step 7: Write a message to your dad on the other hand and decorate.

For further tips and instructions visit the link below.



We will also create a poem for our dad. Take out one of the blank pages from your poetry book and write out this simple poem:


by Leanne Guenther

D is for the days we’ve spent together,
A is for the awesome things you do,
D is for your decency and kindness —

Dad, I am so glad that I have you!

Image Source: https://www.dltk-holidays.com/dad/songs/mguenther-dad.htm

On the back of the page, draw or write four ways your dad makes you smile. Some examples are:

  • He gives me warm hugs.
  • He makes pancakes on the weekends.
  • He plays soccer with me.
  • He helps me clean my room.
  • He reads with me.

Put your gifts in a safe place and then surprise Dad on Sunday. Good luck!

Design A Marble Track

This week in class, we used recyclable materials to build marble tracks. Here are a few of the results:

Mariia’s track.
Camila’s track.
Omar’s track.
James’ track.
Ana’s track.

To create this project at home, you will need to gather:

  • Toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls
  • A variety of cardboard boxes (optional)
  • Masking tape or painter’s tape
  • Scissors
  • A marble (If you don’t have a marble, go for a walk and try find a rounded pebble or acorn)

Find an open area in your home to build your project or with permission, attach it to a structure in your home, such as in this video from Science World.


Build Some Edible Math

I thought it would be fun to end our geometry unit with a project that you can eat! You will need to find some toothpicks and several small, sweet treats to make this activity work. The following video shows how we can use the two items to build 3D structures. Keep in mind, you can also substitute the marshmallows for other soft candy, such as jelly beans or even use pieces of fruit!

When you are ready to build, use these activity cards from primarylearning.org to help you get started. Then keep going and try build some structures of your own!

Image Source: https://primarylearning.org/activity/marshmallow-shapes/
Image Source: https://primarylearning.org/activity/marshmallow-shapes/

Travel Across Canada

Through video and images, we have visited some amazing places across Canada. I would like to leave you with a short animation by Mercury Filmworks which lets us travel through the country, from coast to coast, in under two minutes. As you are watching, see if you can recognize some of the places we explored on our virtual field trips.

Click here to watch Mercury Filmworks National Canadian Film Day 150

Do A Happy Dance

You’ve done a great job this year! Let’s celebrate all our hard work with a happy dance. Put together some freestyle moves and dance along to Pharrell Williams’ song, Happy.

Have a great week everyone. I will see you back here next Wednesday for our final blog post!

Week Nine

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Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having a wonderful week. Thank you to everyone who dropped of their booklets for me to look over and to those who emailed in their work. It is always such a joy to see what you have been up to. I would like to start off this post with another Mandala.

Thank you Perry for sending in your beautiful art work!

Here are some activities to work on this week:

Read For Enjoyment.

This week I will be adding bonus points to all those who are continuing to read on KidsA-Z. Be sure to check your messages located on the control panel. I would also like to introduce another virtual library, the International Children’s Digital Library.

Click here to visit the International Children’s Digital Library

This collection contains books from around the world and in many different languages. I found it a bit tricky to navigate at first but found the best way to explore was to click on some of the featured books. There is also an option to search by country at the top of the page. You can spin the globe using the arrow and choose a location.  Have fun exploring!

Write For Enjoyment

GIF Source: https://giphy.com/gifs/laughing-gif-cute-minions-Fn7q3cMgPZmqk/links

This week I thought we could all use a good laugh. In your journals or on a blank piece of paper respond to one of the following prompts:

Who is the funniest person you know? What makes them so funny? Describe a time they made you laugh very hard.


Write down a joke that you find funny and create an illustration for it. It can be a joke that you have learned or one that you have created. Try the joke on a few a people and describe their reactions.

Have fun! Please email in your jokes if you would like me to share them on the class blog.

Design A Tower

Last week we determined which shapes would slide, stack or roll. I have included the answer key for your reference.

Image Source: https://www.mathworksheets4kids.com/solid-shapes/roll-slide-stack/color/table.pdf

In class this week, we took some time to practice stacking 3D shapes. We then sketched out tower designs using 2D shapes and built them. Here are a few of the results.


If you would like to join in, please send in your tower designs. We will build them in class and post them on the blog next week. When you are creating your designs, remember to indicate if you would like the triangle to be a cone, pyramid or prism. We look forward to your creations.

Visit The Library And Music Blogs

Both Ms. Raap and Ms. Yee have new posts on their blogs. You can view them by clicking the links below.



Visit The ELL Page

Ms. Simmons has added a variety of new activities. Please click the tab at the top of the page to explore.

Get Moving

This week let’s move along to a routine from Cosmic Kids Yoga. Cosmic Kids Yoga offers a variety of virtual classes created with kids in mind. Each class has a unique theme. This week we will try the Minecraft Yoga Adventure. Have fun.

If you would like to try more videos from Cosmic Kids Yoga, click the link below.

Click here to see the Cosmic Kid Yoga playlist.

Have a great week everyone! We will see you back here next Wednesday.

Week Eight

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Hello Everyone,

Welcome to our eighth week online and the first week of June. This week marks a bit of a change as some students have returned to the classroom while others remain focused on remote learning. Despite our different locations, we will continue to work towards the same goals. Our weekly posts will now include a combination of activities we can complete on our devices as well as activities we have worked on in class. I will adapt any in-class work so that they can be accomplished at home.

Here are our goals for the week:

Keep Reading!

Please continue reading on Epic Books and KidsA-Z. I know that we have been on these websites for several weeks now, but I encourage you to continue reading for enjoyment and finding books at your level. In addition to these websites, I invite you to visit the Youtube channel, Read-Along with PBS Kids. PBS has put together a collection of stories read aloud by notable people such as Michelle and Barack Obama, actress, Kristen Bell and author and illustrator Marc Brown. You can find this collection by clicking the link below. Have fun!


Visit The Libray And Music Blogs

You can access Ms. Yee’s and Ms.Raap’s websites here:



Try These Journal Prompts                         

Take a look at the following video prompts created by a former teacher named John Spencer and select one to write about. Remember the questions asked in the videos are meant to spark ideas and you do not need to answer them all.

Idea #1: Create A New Form Of Transportation

Idea #2: Invent A New Subject Or Class in School

Idea #3: Invent A Sport Or Game That Can Be Played With Social Distancing

You can also view John Spencer’s entire list of writing prompts at the link below.


Please plan to work for a focused 20 minutes. You do not need to use these prompts if you already have a journal idea in mind. Don’t forget to start with the date.

Start June Off With a Poem

In your Response Booklets, please copy out the following poem:


The day is warm

and a breeze is blowing,

the sky is blue

and its eye is glowing,

and everything’s new

and green and growing…

My shoes are off

and my socks are showing…

My socks are off…

do you know how I’m going?


By Aileen Fisher

When you are done, divide another page into four sections.

Draw or write about four things we can do now that the weather is getting better. Try to think of activities that we usually wouldn’t do in colder temperatures such as go for a picnic.

Slide, Stack and Roll

Last week in geometry we explored pyramids and tried to determine what shapes would make a good base. We were presented with the following chart and asked which shapes would work and which would not:

Image Source: https://www.amazon.ca/Teacher-Created-Resources-Shapes-Chart/dp/B00207S3Z0

If you said the circle and oval would not work, you are correct. Pyramids require a base with straight edges. A circle and oval are curved; therefore, they would not be able to connect to the triangle faces of the pyramid. Well done to all those who tried!

Today I would like to present a new set of 3D shapes which includes a sphere, cylinder and cone.

Image Source: https://pt.slideshare.net/TRMaria/3rd-geometry-unit-53d-shapes/9

These shapes are unique, because instead of having straight edges and all flat faces, they have curved surfaces.

Image Source: https://www.slideshare.net/TRMaria/mat3rdud43d-shapes

These curved surfaces allow them to roll. With this in mind, today we will focus our attention on the movement of 3D shapes. Please click the link below to watch a short lesson on how shapes can be classified according to their ability to stack, slide or roll.


In your Response Booklets, copy down the names of the following 3D shapes:

  • rectangular prism
  • sphere
  • triangular pyramid
  • cone
  • cube
  • cylinder

Please note, you do not need to draw the shape.

Next to each shape, determine if it can roll, slide or stack. Remember, that they can have more than one quality. Hang on to your responses, as I will post the answers next week.

Image Source: https://www.mathworksheets4kids.com/solid-shapes/roll-slide-stack/color/table.pdf

If you would print the worksheet it can be found at the link below.


Imagine a Garden

In class, I read students the story My Garden by Kevin Henkes. It is about a young girl who imagines a magical garden and all the wonderful things she would grow.

Please enjoy it on YouTube below or as an audio book on the Epic website.

After listening to the story, think about what your own magical garden might look like. Complete the sentence:

If I had a magical garden, I would grow…..?

Draw and write about your ideas. Here are a few examples from class:

James would have a garden of chocolate, including chocolate trees, flowers, bushes and grass. There would also be a chocolate river flowing through it.

Omar would grow a tree that produced different colour cars.

Mariia would grow money and candy!

Please email in your ideas. I would love to share them on the blog next week!

Enjoy Some Art

Thank you for continuing to send in pictures of your Mandalas. I would like to share the following creations from:



and Shalom.

Well done! I can tell, a lot of thought and time went into creating them.

This week, we will continue to use nature as inspiration for our art work.

Image Source: https://www.ealt.ca/kids-blog/bark-leaf-rubbings

Yesterday, I took students on a walk to collect leaves, sticks, pine cones and other objects from nature. When we returned to class, we placed them under a blank piece of paper and rubbed a crayon over top. Here are some of the results:

I invite you all to join in!

How to create your own nature rubbing:

  1. Go for a walk around your neighborhood and look for loose objects in nature, such as leaves, sticks, pine cones and pine needles. Please remember not to pick off items from trees or gardens.
  2. When you return home, examine your objects and choose one to place under a blank piece of paper. If it is a leaf, be sure place it bumpy side up.
  3. Peel the wrapper off a crayon and lay it flat (on it’s side), directly over your covered object. Rub the object with a bit a of pressure but be careful of any pointy parts that might break through the paper.
  4. Select a new object and place it under a different part of the paper. Repeat Step 3.
  5. Continue until you feel your project is complete.

Please note, that we practiced  several times before creating the final copy. Some objects were rounded and more difficult to rub over. We also discovered that some objects were just not working, and decided not to use them. Have fun experimenting and please send me your results. I look forward to seeing them!

Take a Virtual Field Trip

So far we have traveled up the coast of British Columbia, far north to Nunavat and to the vast fields of the prairies. This week we will venture straight across Canada, to the rocky shores of the Maritimes.

The Maritimes are a collection of coastal and island provinces located in eastern Canada.  They are connected to the Atlantic ocean and are defined by a rugged coastline.

Image Source: canada.ca

I invite you to travel across Nova Scotia through the lens of a drone camera and then continue your journey of the Maritimes with a National Geographic travel adventure. Please note that you may need ‘subscribe’ with an email address to view this site but no password is required.

There is no reflection or response to write this week, just sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Click here to view The Life Aquatic: Adventures in Canada’s Maritime Provinces

Get Moving!

We will end our post by going Full Speed with Fresh Start Fitness! Let’s get our heart rates and energy levels up with this cardio routine. Don’t forget to stay hydrated!

Enjoy your week everyone. I will see you back here next Wednesday.

Friday Wrap-Up

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Hello Everyone,

Welcome to our final Friday on the Division 10 Class Blog. As I will be in the classroom next week, posts will now be limited to Wednesdays. Please be assured that there will still be a variety of opportunities for learning but instead of being spread out throughout the week, it will be combined into one, slightly longer post. I will still be available by email to answer any of your questions and support your home learning needs. No matter your location, I hope to make our final month of school this year, a great one.

Importance of Plants

Last week you were asked to reflect on the importance of plants and make a list of their uses. Thank you to everyone who sent in their work. Here are a few responses from:







As you can see from their ideas, plants:

  • Make oxygen
  • Provide food for people and animals
  • Are used to make medicine
  • Give us wood to build
  • Are used to make cloth
  • Provide shade
  • Are habitats for bugs and animals
  • Have roots which hold layers of soil together
  • Provide colour, beautiful aromas and joy

It is clear that plants play an important role in our lives and should not be taken for granted. I invite you all to continue nurturing plants and nature so that we may continue to benefit from the gifts they provide us.

Virtual Field Trip

Today we will travel to another part of Canada. In keeping with our discussion on the importance of plants, we will be exploring an area of the country that is largely made up of farmland. This area is often referred to as the prairies and includes the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Image Source: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Map-of-Canada-highlighting-the-three-prairie-provinces-Alberta-Saskatchewan-and_fig1_321066902

Although these provinces have flourishing parks with large trees as well as built-up, busy cities, a large portion of their land is flat with nutrient rich soil. This terrain makes it ideal to grow large amounts of food which is then distributed to other parts of Canada and the world.

I invite you to watch the following videos to see the size of the farmland and the beauty of the landscape. The first video offers stunning aerial views of the fields and farm towns around them. Please note you will have to click the link as the video will not automatically appear on the blog. The second, highlights a wheat field that is being harvested in Manitoba and the third is a 360 degree tour of a grain farm in Saskatchewan. This video shows the process of growing wheat from seed to harvest. The information might feel slightly overwhelming (just do your best), but I enjoy how it is interactive and you can move your device to look around. Try it out.

Click here to watch The Prairies: Flat-Out Beautiful



After watching the videos, write the title Canadian Prairies in your Response Booklet and respond to the following questions.

Have you been to a farm before? (Perhaps a pumpkin patch or berry farm? Maybe you have visited an orchard in the Okanagan or a farm in another country?) If you have, what details do you remember? How are the farms on the prairies similar? How are they different?

If you haven’t been to a farm, do the prairies look like a place you would like to visit? Why or why not?

I look forward to your responses!

Get Moving

This week we will try another video from Go Noodle. Have fun dancing along with Young Dylan!

Have a great weekend everyone! I will leave you with a couple Mandalas sent in by your classmates. They brightened my day. I’m sure they will do the same for you!

James’ creation…

and Mariia’s.

Well done and thank you both for sharing!

Super Structures

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Good Morning Everyone,

Last week we explored prisms and tried to determine their cross-sections. I have included the answers for your reference.


Cross Section: square

Rectangular Prism

Cross Section: rectangle

Triangular Prism

Cross Section: triangle

Pentagonal Prism

Cross Section: pentagon

Hexagonal Prism:

Cross Section: hexagon

Octagonal Prism

Cross Section: octagon

Well done to all those who participated. As you can see, prisms are usually named after their cross-section. Please take note that a rectangular prism is also commonly known as a cuboid.

Today I would like to focus our attention on another type of geometric solid called a pyramid.

Image and information taken from https://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/pyramids.html

A pyramid is made by connecting a base to an apex. The base is a flat shape with straight edges (we call this type of shape a polygon). The apex is formed when all the other faces join together to form a point. These faces are always triangles.

Take a look at the following video to see a rotation of a pyramid. Notice that the base of this pyramid is square, and all the other faces are triangles.

Though all pyramids have a base and an apex, they don’t all look the same. The base of the pyramid can be one of a many shapes.

Take a look at the following chart.

Image Source: https://www.amazon.ca/Teacher-Created-Resources-Shapes-Chart/dp/B00207S3Z0

In your Response Booklet, write the title Bases of Pyramids. Copy down the name of each shape and then determine if it would make a good base for a pyramid. You can simply write the words yes or no.  When you are done, examine the shapes you said no to. Explain why you think they would not work. I will post the answers next week.


It has been several weeks since we decorated our rocks and found special spots for them. I thought once again we could get outside and use nature to inspire our art. Today we will be exploring Mandalas. A Mandala is art made by using are a series of circles. We will be creating ours using a variety of objects from nature. Take a look at these examples for a better idea.

Image Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ldhphotography/7349705232/in/photostream
Image Source: https://www.shutterstock.com/blog/fresh-modern-still-life-photography


Image Source: https://www.femmeactuelle.fr/deco/loisirs-creatifs/mandalas-nature-serenite-land-art-42325
Image Source: https://louisegale.com/2013/04/monday-mandala-7/

How to make your own Mandala:

(These instructions were taken and modified where needed from playfullearning.net. For further information click here.)

  1. Start your circle in an area which will allow your art work to grow, such as a beach, field or grassy area. You can also do this project at home, but it would be a wonderful gift to leave your art in nature for people to enjoy.
  2. Once you have determined your area, gather your materials. Please remember to be gentle and respectful of living things.
  3. Choose the central piece for your art work and place it in the middle of your working area.  You may want to select a large, singular item.
  4. Choose another collection and form a ring around the central piece much like a tree ring.  This may be a circle of shells surrounding a central coral piece, or pine cones surrounding a large flower.  The main focus here is to make sure you make a complete ring around the first piece, therefore the inner piece is completely contained inside the outer circle.
  5. Continue this pattern adding new circles made out of different items until you believe your piece is complete.

Please keep in mind that these Mandalas are meant to be temporary. There is no glue or adhesive to be used. Be sure to take a photo to make a lasting memory of your project and send it in to share on the blog. Good luck and have fun. I know that people will be just as excited to come across your Mandalas as they were your rocks!

Have a great day everyone. I will see you back here on Friday.

Week Seven

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Good Morning Everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It’s hard to imagine that we are already in the final week of May. Summer will be here before we know it!

Here are a few activities to start your week:

Read for enjoyment. Please continue reading on Epic Books and KidsA-Z. I see many of you are still actively participating on these sites. For those of you needing a change, I would like to introduce another reading platform called Rivet. Rivet offers a collection of online books at a variety of levels. It is free to use, and you do not need to sign up for an account. Click the link below to watch an introduction and see a few of the special features on this site.


If you are using a tablet you will need to download the app. If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, you can access the site here:


Write a journal entry. Here is a prompt to get you started:

Watch and respond to the following video.

What was your reaction while you were watching? What questions or comments came to mind? Are you able to make any connections to something you have seen or experienced? It certainly reminds me of all the amazing domino tracks that were set up in our classroom this year!


Design and describe your own domino track. Where would you build it? What obstacles would you include? Would there be any special tricks or stunts involved? You are welcome to draw and label the track with your information instead of writing in paragraph form. You may want to use one of the blank pages in your Response Booklet instead of using your journal.

Please plan to work for a focused 20 minutes. You do not need to use this writing prompt if you already have a journal idea in mind. Don’t forget to start with the date.

Visit the music and library blogs. Both Ms. Raap and Ms. Yee have new posts on their blogs. Be sure to check them out!



Visit the ELL page. Ms. Simmons has been busy doing one-on-one reading with students, but she would still like to hear from you! If you haven’t had the opportunity to work on the ELL activities, there is still time. Visit the tab at the top of the page and then scroll to find your group.

Enjoy your week everyone and I will see you back here on Wednesday.

Protecting Our Plants

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Happy Friday Everyone,

Today we will be continuing our discussion on life cycles. Last week you were asked to think about what factors might interfere with the life cycle of a plant. Some of your responses were:

  • Not enough water
  • Not enough sunlight
  • Poor soil conditions
  • Seeds are not scattered because there is no wind or animals to carry them

Well done. These factors most certainly affect the health of a plant. Human activity also has a significant impact. This short animation provides some examples. It is mainly focused on animals but plants are affected by similar reasons.

Plant life cycles are damaged when:

  • Land is cleared to build or farm on
  • Plants have a negative reaction to pesticides (chemicals used to kill bugs) or fertilizer (an additive to soil that is meant to help it grow)
  • Humans trample plants by stepping on them or driving over them with vehicles
  • Plants are over picked
  • Plants from other countries are introduced and then take over the land of local plants (we sometimes call these plants “alien”)
  • Pollution changes weather patterns and air quality and plants no longer have the proper conditions to grow.

Emma also mentioned that humans may scare away animals and birds which affects the scattering of seeds. This is true. Human activity not only affects the living space of plants but also the habitats of animals around them. Nature is interconnected and when we disturb the life of one living organism, another is affected.

Endangered Plants

When the life cycle of one or a few plants is disrupted the species or type of plant can still survive. When many life cycles of the same plant are destroyed however, it may become threatened or endangered. Endangered means that there is a threat to the plant’s overall survival, and it might disappear from our Earth. There are several plants in Canada that have this risk.

The Pink Coreopsis is disappearing off the coast of Nova Scotia due to trampling and people clearing the land to build on.

The Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus lives in South Western Ontario. It is disappearing due to the land becoming too hard and from people illegally picking them for their own use.

The Barrens Willow of Newfoundland has been affected by climate change.

The number of Dense-flowered Lupine on Vancouver Island is declining due to other plants taking over the land and building development.

(Images and information taken from, https://cwf-fcf.org/en/resources/encyclopedias/flora/canadas-plants-in-peril.html)

We are fortunate in Canada, that many plants continue to grow and flourish. It is important that we continue to focus on respecting nature and being mindful of our actions so that we can keep species off the endangered list. In your response booklet, write the title, Importance of Plants and then answer the following question:

Why are plants important and how are they used? 

Think about their importance to humans, animals and the environment in general. You are welcome to write your responses in point form. Please send them in when you are done. I look forward to reading them.

Unwind for the Weekend

Let’s end the week by calming our minds and bodies. Follow along with this video by GoNoodle to relieve stress and unwind any tension.

Have a great weekend everyone. I will meet you back here on Monday.


Week Six

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Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful long weekend and you were able to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Here are a few activities to work on this week:

Read for enjoyment. I encourage you to continue reading on Epic Books and KidsA-Z, however, I will also offer alternatives for those needing a change. Today, I would like to bring your attention to the Burnaby Public Library. For those of you who have a public library card, the BPL offers a wonderful selection of books for download. These ebooks are free and readily available. Take a look at their website for more information.


If you don’t have a library card yet, the BPL will issue one over the phone during it’s closure. You can find the phone number and details here:


Write a journal entry. Here is a prompt to help you get started:

Listen to the following sound recording. What do you hear? What does it make you think of? How does it make you feel? Can you make a connection to the sounds? If you can’t make a personal connection, think about something you may have read in a book or watched on a screen.

(Audio taken from, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39xoSAcsMw8 but try to listen below instead of viewing.)

If the audio doesn’t work, click here.

Please plan to write for a focused 20 minutes. You do not need to use this writing prompt if you already have a journal idea in mind. Please make sure you are using your green journal and not the response booklet. Don’t forget to start with the date.

Last week, I was sent several entries. I would like to share them with you.

Mariia enjoyed a day at the beach with her family.

Emma had fun riding her bike.

Ana spent some time on a hammock.

Bahar saw a beautiful sunset.

Camila celebrated a birthday!

Thank you all for sharing! I look forward to reading more of your entries.

Continue exploring geometric solids. Last week we focused on faces, edges and vertices. Well done to those of you who tried to calculate them yourselves using the following chart:

I have filled it in for your reference. I noticed in your responses that some of you calculated the flat surfaces and straight edges while others included the curved. Neither is incorrect. I have specified both in the answer key.

3D Shape Number of Faces Number or Edges Number of Vertices
Rectangular Pyramid 5 flat faces 8 straight edges 5 vertices
Cone 1 flat face, 1 curved surface 1 curved edge 1 vertex
Cube 6 flat faces 12 straight edges 8 vertices
Sphere 1 curved surface 0 edges 0 vertices
Triangular Prism 5 flat faces 9 straight edges 6 vertices
Cylinder 2 flat faces, 1 curved surface 2 curved edges 0 vertices


Today we will focus our attention on prisms.

A prism is geometric solid with the following properties:

  • It has all flat surfaces
  • It has the same shape on either end of the structure. These are called the bases.
  • The flat surfaces connected to the bases are rectangles or squares.
  • If you were to slice the shape like you would a loaf a bread, it would produce the same 2D shape over and over. These slices are also referred to as cross sections.

The following video provides several examples of geometric prisms.

You can also visit the following website for more detail and information.


In your response booklet write the title, Prism Cross Sections. Copy down the names of the following shapes. You do not need to draw them.

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Imagine that you are slicing off one of the bases. What shape do you see? Write it down underneath the name of the shape. Here is an example.

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Square Prism

Cross section: square

Please hold on to your results. You do not need to send them in as I will post the answers next week.

Visit the music and library blogs. Both Ms. Raap and Ms. Yee have new posts on their blogs. Be sure to check them out!



Visit the ELL page. In case you missed it, I posted new lessons from Ms. Simmons on Friday. Click on the ELL tab at the top of the page for more information.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week. Please remember there is no class meeting tomorrow. I will see you back here on Friday.

Green Thumbs

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Hello Everyone,

I have enjoyed reading your final plant updates and seeing your pictures. Many of you have “green thumbs”. This is an English expression that means you have a natural talent for taking care of plants.  Regardless of how your plant grew, I can tell each of you gave them a great deal of attention and care. Well done. Here are a few pictures sent in from your classmates:

Shalom’s plant continues to get bigger!

Camila’s plant has 3 sprouts!

Urral notices a bit of growth each day and says his plant continues to develop leaves.

Omar’s plant remains small but he is helping it grow by watering it and putting it near sunlight.

Emma continues to nurture her plant. She has taken careful measurements.

Abbas has too. His plant is getting very tall!

Luke’s plant remains small but he is taking very good care of it.

And one more person would like to share their work personally.

(This picture is posted with parental consent)

She is still waiting for her plant to grow but is helping it along with water and sunlight.

Thank you everyone for sending in your updates. I apologize if I have missed anyone. Please send me an email if you haven’t shared and would like to! I will post them next week.

Even though we have written our final observations, many of your plants will continue to grow. Under the right conditions, they might even flower and produce beans! Though we might eat the beans, they actually hold seeds that can be collected and planted to start the process all over again. This is called a life cycle and all plants go through it. Take a look at the video below for more information on this process.

The following image, specifically documents the life cycle of a bean plant.

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Please visit the link for additional information on lifecycles.

After examining the life cycle and thinking back on your own experience growing a plant, copy and answer the following question in your response booklet:

What conditions or factors might interfere with the life cycle of a plant? In other words, what might cause the life cycle of a plant to breakdown?

Try to think of more than one reason. You are welcome to list your ideas, rather than answer in complete sentences.


Ms. Simmons has sent in new activities for each ELL group (brown, blue, green and red). Please click the ELL tab at the top of the page.

Get Moving!

It’s that time of the week again where we get up and get energized. Let’s start by warming up the body with some simple stretches and gentle movements and then bring up our heart rates with a short cardio workout. Don’t forget to drink lots of water!

Have a great weekend everyone. Please note, there will be no post on Monday as it is a holiday. I will see you all back here on Wednesday!