Mrs. Mazurek's Blog! – Information about Division 7

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to let you know how happy I am to be teaching at Aubrey and I look forward to chatting with you all this week and next!  Please get in touch if you have any questions, any time!


Mrs. M :o)

Wonderful Wednesday, June 24

Note:  Today is the last day of school!  WOW!

  • Report cards can be picked up at 1 pm today.
  • I will put a final blog post up tomorrow with summer work/review ideas, for those of you who are interested!

Shape of the Day:

1. Literacy Time

a) Read for 15 min. – click here for something interesting to read about the World’s Largest Rubik’s Cube!

b) Practice handwriting  – z

Handwriting Zz

2.  Numeracy Time – Games – choose one to try!

a) Simon Says, “Geometry!”
Ramp up this traditional game by having kids illustrate the following geometric terms using only their arms: parallel and perpendicular lines; acute, right, and obtuse angles; and 0-, 90-, and 180-degree angles.
Challenge: Increase the pace of the commands and see if your students can keep up!

b) Sweet Math
Model this activity with one package of Skittles or M&Ms and a document camera, or let each student have his or her own package. Younger students can graph the contents of their packages by color. Older students can calculate the ratio of each color compared with the total number of pieces of candy in their packages.
Challenge: Compile the class results into one graph, then have each student compare his or her ratio to the ratio for the entire class.

c) Weighing In (if you have a scale at home)
Line up a variety of fruits and veggies, such as oranges, bananas, cucumbers, kiwis, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Ask students to predict the order of the foods from lightest to heaviest. Use a balance scale to test their predictions, then rearrange the foods according to their actual weights.
Challenge: Slice each fruit in half. Invite students to analyze how the density of the fruit or vegetable affects its weight.

3.  ADST Time:

a)  Make a universe jar!  (You’ll need glow in the dark paint for this!)


b) Try the “Leakproof Bag” experiment!  (I’ve done this and it works!)  All you need is sharp pencils, water and a Ziplock baggie!


c) Make a snow globe!  All you need is a glass jar, water, glitter, super glue and a small toy such as Lego.

4.  Fitness Time:  Play “Pop, pop, pop” by blowing bubbles outside and then trying to catch and pop them!  OR Go for a nature walk and try and find one thing for each colour of the rainbow (ROYGBIV)!  OR Go for a night walk and look for fireflies – they are so beautiful to see at night!


Thank You Tuesday!  June 23

NOTE: I want to thank YOU for all the work you have done this term (and year!)!  I am amazed at how well you adapted to this new way of learning.  It has been an unprecedented time and I am so impressed with how you dealt with it.  All the work submitted to me was amazing to read and look at.  So many of you made wonderful creations, crafts, art, experiments and baking and I loved seeing it all.  Now is the time to enjoy the summer – you deserve it!  Remember, you always have my email address if you want to keep in touch – even when you’re older!  Mrs. M :o)

See you tomorrow at 1pm for report card pickup!

1. Literacy Time

a) Read for 15 min.

Click below for something interesting to read about gratitude.  This is a lovely story about an octopus and it reminded me of the fables you wrote this term!

b) Practice handwriting! x and y

Handwriting Xx

Handwriting Yy

c)  Begin a Gratitude Journal – every day you write one sentence about what you’re thankful for – it will be amazing to look at after a few months or a year later!

Here are some other ways to show gratitude:

2.  Numeracy Time – Game Time!

Play “Count Down” or “Count Up” – You can play this alone or with a partner.  Decide if you want to count up or down.  Now choose what number you’d like to count by – 5’s, 2’s, 10’s, or any number you like!

Now choose a starting number and count up or down!  (You can make this as difficult or as easy as you’d like!)

Then start counting out loud.  If you want help, use a calculator to keep track of what the answer should be.  Just type the first number in, and then press the add or subtract sign and then type the number you’re going up or down by and then press equals (ie. 90 – 6= ).  If you keep pressing “equals”, you will get the next correct number.

You can also write it down if you want and check your work later!

Here’s an example:  I’d like to count DOWN by 6’s, starting at 90.  So I’d write: 90, 84, 78, 72, 66, 60, 54, 48, etc….

I LOVE this game and often play it in my head when I’m bored!

For those who love a challenge, here’s a “Pro Tip” – if you find it difficult to count down or up by a larger number (ex. 7), I just pretend it’s a 10 and then subtract 3 or add 3 as needed.

Here’s an example: 78 – 7 =              78 – 10 PLUS 3   = 68 + 3 = 71


3.  Science Time – Something New!  Here are some science questions and links to the answers – have fun!

Do you know how to stop apple slices from turning brown?

Do you know how to grow more vegetables from kitchen scraps?


Do you know how to make a light bulb light up using a potato?

Do you know how to make a solar oven to make your own S’mores?


4.  Fitness Time:

Try these exercises!

Fun-day Monday,  June 22!

NOTE:  Report cards will be handed out this Wednesday at 1:00.  Meet me at the back of the school by the entrance directly across from the portable!  Note that if your child is at school that day, I will just give it to them!  If you can’t make it then, you’ll need to provide the office with a self addressed, stamped envelope and it will be mailed to you.

Shape of the Day:

1. Literacy Time

a) Listen to this Indigenous story!  You’ll have to scroll down until you find “1. Cree Story — The Granddaughter who was Eaten by a Big Fish”

b) Practice your handwriting!  v, w

Handwriting Vv

Handwriting Ww

2.  Numeracy Time – Game Time!

a) Here is a website to check out:

b) Math Duel – You’ll need a deck of cards for this!  (Dice work as well, but you won’t have high numbers to work with.)

Face cards are worth: Jack – 11, Queen – 12, King – 13 OR you can make them all worth 10 – whatever you choose is fine!

Choose whether or not you want to work on adding, subtracting or multiplying.  With a partner, or by yourself, turn over 2 cards.  The first person to shout out the answer, gets the cards.  Whomever has the most by the time you finish the deck, wins!  If you are working alone, just try and answer as soon as you flip over the cards.  If it takes more than 3 sec., you don’t get the cards!  With practice, you will get faster and faster!

3.  Science Time – Something New!

Make a tornado in a bottle!  Here are instructions and a link to the website:

Make a Tornado in a Bottle

Learn how to make a tornado in a bottle with this fun science experiment for kids. Using easy to find items such as dish washing liquid, water, glitter and a bottle you can make your own mini tornado that’s a lot safer than one you might see on the weather channel. Follow the instructions and enjoy the cool water vortex you create!

What you’ll need:

  • Water
  • A clear plastic bottle with a cap (that won’t leak)
  • Glitter
  • Dish washing liquid


  1. Fill the plastic bottle with water until it reaches around three quarters full.
  2. Add a few drops of dish washing liquid.
  3. Sprinkle in a few pinches of glitter (this will make your tornado easier to see).
  4. Put the cap on tightly.
  5. Turn the bottle upside down and hold it by the neck. Quickly spin the bottle in a circular motion for a few seconds, stop and look inside to see if you can see a mini tornado forming in the water. You might need to try it a few times before you get it working properly.

What’s happening?

Spinning the bottle in a circular motion creates a water vortex that looks like a mini tornado. The water is rapidly spinning around the center of the vortex due to centripetal force (an inward force directing an object or fluid such as water towards the center of its circular path). Vortexes found in nature include tornadoes, hurricanes and waterspouts (a tornado that forms over water).

4.  Fitness Time:  Build towers with rocks – see how high you can make your tower before it topples over! OR “Paint” with water on a brick wall or fence or sidewalk!  The message or picture will only last as long as it takes the sun to dry it out and make it disappear!

Grand Finale/ Final Friday, June 19


Report cards for all students will be handed out next Wednesday at 1 pm!  I’ll email with more details!

Shape of the Day:

1. Reflection Time – Reflect on the last 3 months.  Write a letter to yourself about what happened, how you “did” school, what you thought about it and the pros and cons of remote/online learning!  Keep your letter to read when you’re a LOT older – it will be very interesting!

2. Relax Time:

b) Practice handwriting t and u!

Handwriting Tt

Handwriting Uu

3. Art Time Options –

a)  Father’s Day is this Sunday!  If you want to make a card and/or gift for your father, or someone else, here are some ideas!  Here is the link to the BBQ rub recipe as well:

If you just want the recipe, without “clicking”, here it is:

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar – packed
Mix together and put into a container – voila!


b)  Make a time capsule!  Write down memorable events that happened this year to you and around the world.  Write down lists of your favourite things. (see link)


4.  Fitness Time – Go rollerblading, play outdoor or indoor basketball (throw a ball OR crumpled piece of paper into a bucket or clean garbage can!), or do some Yoga!

This is Thursday!  June 18

Shape of the Day:

1. Literacy Time

a) Read for 15 min.

Click here for something interesting to read about goosebumps!

b) Practice handwriting r and s

Handwriting Rr

Handwriting Ss

2.  Numeracy Time – Game Time!

Play the “Make the Biggest Number” dice game we play in class!  You can play it alone, or with a partner.   You will need paper, pencil and dice for this.  (one is enough)

Draw a place value chart showing 1’s, 10’s, 100’s, 1000’s (you can go higher, or lower) or print off the one below.  Now roll your dice.   Put the number it says in any column.  Once it’s written down, you can’t change it!  Remember, you want to create the largest number, so a low roll (ie. 2) should go in the 1’s or 10’s column!  Keep rolling and filling your chart.  Try and create the largest number to win!


3.  Socials Time – Something New!

Here is a great interactive map of Canada.  I’m hoping all of you will be able to name each province in it’s correct place and know the names of each capital city too.  Click below to practice both.  Challenge yourself to memorize all of these this summer!  I’ve also included a link to a blank printable map of Canada.  If possible, print off a few copies and fill them in once you feel you know the names of provinces (and hopefully capital cities too!).

4.  Fitness Time:  Go check out a local lake – Burnaby Lake isn’t too far away and is great for bird watching, hiking, kayaking, etc!  OR Go for a local river walk – use your 5 senses to see, hear, feel, touch and smell as you walk along the river – it makes the experience more fun!


weird wednesday, june 17

note:  what’s weird about today?  look around!

shape of the day:

1. literacy Time

a) read for 15 min. – click here for something interesting to read about Greta Thunberg!

b) practice handwriting p and q

Handwriting Pp

Handwriting Qq

2.  numeracy time – game time!

Connect Four. Here’s a game that can be easily turned into a paper and pencil gameConnect Four with a small amount of imagination and paying attention to “gravity” during play. The goal is for two players, taking turns, to connect four disks of their color in a row. Using graph paper one can make a board. Then, during play, keep the rule in mind that you must place a piece “on top” of other pieces, just as if you had dropped them into one of the slots in the board game. Yes, Wikipedia gives instructions.


3.  adst time:

Build a robot!  You can do it online here:

or build one using things around the house.  (the recycling bin is the best place to find good parts – a tin can could be the body, arms could be toilet paper rolls, etc…)  Have fun!

4.  fitness time:  Run on the spot for as long as you can.  Time yourself!  Repeat 3 times, trying to beat your original time!  OR try a new Gonoodle video!


Not Your Typical Tuesday!  June 16

1. Socials Time –  Did you know that June is Indigenous Peoples month?  This is a great opportunity to celebrate our diversity and learn more about First People.  Here is a great website to learn more!

Here is a terrific video to watch that explains more about different names Indigenous people use!,of%20different%20communities%20or%20nations.

Here are some game ideas too!

2. Literacy Time

a) Read for 15 min.

Click here for something interesting to read about the world’s longest things!

b) Practice handwriting!  n and o

Handwriting Nn

Handwriting Oo

3.  Numeracy Time – Game Time!

Dots and Boxes. This is a very simple game, suitable for the younger ones. Using graph paperDots and boxes each of two players take turns drawing line segments connecting two adjacent corners. The goal is to make boxes. The player who is able to make the most boxes wins. The game is easy to play and a little bit of strategy goes a really long way.

See Wikipedia’s article for instructions, strategy and variations.



4.  Science Time – Something New!

Make a Walking Rainbow!  Note that you probably don’t need 7 glass jars for this – any container will do.  Also, if you don’t have food colouring, try marker ink!


5.  Fitness Time: S-T-R-E-T-C-H!

Try some stretches!  You can do the Head to Toe Warm Up we did in gym class (gentle neck rolls, shoulder shrugs, hold your arm across your body stretch, side bends, touch your toes, balance on one foot and hug other leg, lunges, ankle circles, and shake it out!)

or use this link for ideas:



Mighty Monday!  June 15

NOTES: Since this is the last full week of school, I thought we could have some fun!  All work is “fun” based and does not have to be handed in this week.  Enjoy!

Father’s Day is next Sunday!  If you’d like to make something for your father (or another person), here is a great recipe for a BBQ spice rub! BBQ Spice Rub

Shape of the Day:

1. Literacy Time

a) Read for 15 min. – Click here for something interesting to read about a famous cat!

b) Practice your handwriting!  l and m

Handwriting Ll

Handwriting Mm

2.  Numeracy Time – Game Time!

Play  Battleship. This is a great two-player game that gives practice in grids and their relatedBattelship game coordinate system. Each player secretly draws ships on a grid. Different ships have different dimensions. Then each player has to guess all of the coordinates of each of the opponent’s ships. There’s a popular commercial version of this game but you can make your own games with graph paper and pencil.

You can save yourself some money on graph paper by printing your own using the great free graph paper web-site.

Wikipedia has instructions for playing battleship.


3.  Science Time – Something New!

Make Rock Candy!

4.  Fitness Time: Make an obstacle course inside or outside (with parental permission!)!  Time yourself to see how fast you can go through the course.  Repeat 3 times – try and get faster each time!

NOTE:  It’s important that safety comes first so keep this in mind as you are doing this!

Thinking Thursday, June 11

NOTES: No school tomorrow – enjoy the day off!

IMPORTANT: Students, your fables are due tomorrow (last day to submit) and your Core Competency and Student Voice reflections as well.  Tomorrow is the last day I can accept work!

Shape of the Day

1. a) Literacy Time – Read the second story “Rabbit and the Moon Man: A Legend from the Mi’kmaq Nation”

b) Work on handwriting i and j and k (you can do this over the weekend if you want!)

Handwriting Ii

Handwriting Jj

Handwriting Kk

2. Numeracy Time –

a) Go on Prodigy for 15 min. (approximately!)

b) I’ve noticed that some students find if difficult to think of numbers randomly when I say, for example, “choose a number between 755 and 780”.  So, please practice this at home.  Either do the questions below (in your head) or orally with another family member.  Don’t write anything down.  Try to do it as mental math.

Try and think of a number between:

77 – 95         105 – 130     200 – 210      513 – 521       335 – 338        775 – 800      612 – 626     991 – 998

Also practice counting by 10’s, starting at a random number.  For example: 17, 27, 37, 47…..   or 126, 136, 146, 156…..

3.  Science Time – Sun, Moon, Earth

Think of the relationship between the sun, moon and Earth.  What does each do to us and/or our planet?

Write 1-2 things about each of these that we can see or feel.  Sentence starter ideas:

The sun makes me feel…..

The sun helps things….

I notice that the moon…

The moon is able to…..

Earth is always……

Because the Earth turns every day, I’ve noticed …..


4.  Fitness Time – If you have a yoyo, try some tricks OR do some hula hooping OR skip rope OR do a new dance on GoNoodle!

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