June is Almost Here!

We are officially in the home stretch of the school year!

The last month of the school year is always the busiest! To help keep students organized, the June calendar is posted in the Calendars and Newsletters section of this blog. The June calendar includes information on school trips, school events, as well as important due dates. I will send Remind messages if any other dates pop up that need to be added to the calendar. Also, there is a short newsletter attached that briefly discusses what students are currently working on in most subject areas. If you have any other questions, or would like more information, please feel free to contact me.


Thank you for your continued support! I am looking forward to a great end to a wonderful school year!

Mrs. Strampel

Math Quiz on Monday

We will be having a short math quiz on Monday on the following topics:





We did a short practice test today in class and most students seemed to have a good understanding of the concepts covered in this unit! Tonight, students are taking home a rather large package of their marked math work, as well as problem solving questions, and the practice quiz. The best studying happens when students correct any errors they made in their work throughout the unit. I have also posted the practice test on the blog under the “Math Practice” section, as well as a worksheet on World Famous Mullets. We had ALOT of fun this week calculating the ratios of many different mullets to determine which mullets were the most “mullety”. We had many laughs and the students did an amazing job calculating the ratios! Perhaps we have some future hair designers?

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Strampel ­čÖé

A Successful Living Wax Museum!

Thank you to everyone who made it out to our Living Wax Museum! We had a great time! Please check out the pictures below of some of our “wax figures”. Unfortunately Albert Einstein, Hayley Wickenheiser, Malala and Amelia Earhart were busy at a junior girls basketball tournament. We did get some great pictures of their biography posters though!



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Living Wax Museum Tomorrow

We are really looking forward to presenting our Living Wax Museum tomorrow in the gym! Students have been working very hard researching and writing biographies on successful and interesting people from the past as well as the present. ┬áStudents will become “wax figures” tomorrow, standing in front of life-size posters that contain their written biography, quotes, pictures, and references. Each poster will also have a large button. If a visitor presses the button on the poster, the wax figure will come to life and present a short monologue.

The Living Wax Museum will take place from 12pm to 1pm. Although families are invited and we would love to see you all, we understand that the middle of the day is a difficult time for working families. Therefore, we will take lots of pictures! Also, the program is posted below so that everyone can have their own copy!

Thank you for everything you have done at home to support your wax figure to help him/her get ready for tomorrow!

Museum Director Strampel


May Update

I can’t believe it is May already! Please check out the May calendar posted below. It is also posted in the Calendars and Newsletters section of this blog.


We have had a very busy few weeks!

In language, we are working on the final touches of our biographies for our Wax Museum presentation on Wednesday. Please feel free to drop by the gym between 12 – 1pm to see our collection of interesting exhibits in ┬áMinesing’s first ever, wax museum!

We have also been talking about poetry, and students have been using similes, metaphors, and onomatopoeia to write a free verse poem. A few students will represent our class in the Junior Poetry Competition that will take place in the library on Tuesday, May 9th.

In math, we have finished our 3D geometry unit. Students have done a great job examining the differences between pyramids and prisms. They found volume and surface area of various prisms, and used centimetre dot paper to create isometric drawings of 3D shapes. Just last week, we began our unit on fractions. So far, we have discussed improper fractions and mixed numbers, as well as using equivalent fractions to compare and order fractions with unlike denominators. Next, we will look at ratios, unit rate, and converting fractions to decimals and percents. We will also review transformational geometry before the students write the EQAO test, just after the Victoria Day weekend.

If you are curious about what any of the previous years’ EQAO tests have looked like, you can see test samples (as well as sample answers) at


In science, we are continuing our space unit. So far, we have talked about the planets in our solar system, and had a lot of fun creating the phases of the moon with Oreo cookies!

We are so proud of everyone who represented our school at the annual Heritage Fair, which was held last Wednesday, at the Simcoe County Museum. Our students did an amazing job representing Minesing! You all did an amazing job!

We are looking forward to a busy month!


Surface Area

Happy Friday!

We have had a busy week talking about 3D geometry and surface area!

Right now in math we are finding the surface area of polyhedrons. A polyhedron is a three-dimensional shape, made of polygons.

We began the unit by talking about why we would need to calculate surface area in our lives. Students came up with great suggestions, like painting a room, covering a box with paper, finding the surface area of the earth for scientific purposes, etc. We find the surface area of a shape by finding the area of each face of the shape, and adding together the areas of every face.

Surface area seems to be an concept that is a bit challenging for students, as there are many steps involved. Beginning Monday, we will be finding the surface area of everyday boxes (cereal, cracker, Kraft Dinner, etc.), by actually taking the boxes apart and examining the nets of the shapes. This will allow students to see that all of the faces of a 3D shape are not necessarily the same size. From there, we will begin calculating the area of each face and adding them up to find the total surface area.

How you can help at home:

Practice is great! Students can find the surface area of everyday prisms around the house. It is easiest to begin with more basic 3D shapes like cubes and rectangular prisms (boxes are great for this)! As students become more comfortable with the steps involved, they can begin finding the surface area of more complex shapes like pyramids and triangular prisms. Also, I have posted some surface area practice sheets under the “Math Practice” section of this blog. Volume practice is also included, since we will be learning about volume next. Please note, that there are some cylinder questions within one of the practice sheets. Surface area of cylinders is NOT part of the grade 6 curriculum.

The practice sheets are also posted below:




Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Strampel


2D Geometry Quiz

We will be having a short quiz on 2D geometry on Wednesday, March 22. The topics we have covered so far include:

  • angles (acute, right, obtuse, straight)
  • polygons (any closed shape made of straight lines)
  • different types of triangles (equilateral, isosceles, scalene)
  • lines of symmetry
  • diagonals
  • constructing and sorting polygons

Students have their work in a red folder. The work has been marked. A great way to study would be to look over the work from the unit and make corrections as needed. We did some review today and will be doing a practice quiz in class tomorrow. The practice quiz is linked below:


This practice quiz will also be posted in the “Math” section of this blog. After reviewing the material today, I am confident that our grade 6 students will do very well on the quiz!

­čÖé Mrs. Strampel

March Update

March is here!

We have been very busy in our class since our trip to Kandalore. We have finished up our biome project, TED Talks, our social studies inquiries, and our math unit on measurement.

Below, you will find what we have been working on in the different subject areas:


This week, we began our unit on geometry. So far, we have looked at classifying angles (acute, right, obtuse, straight), measuring angles using a protractor, and constructing angles. We have examined different triangles, and through exploration, have realized that no matter what type of triangle we are working with (equilateral, isosceles, scalene) that the sum of the angles always adds up to 180 degrees. Very interesting! We also talked about the properties of trapezoids (quadrilaterals with one set of parallel lines), and through that, we talked about what a right trapezoid might look like.


In ┬áliteracy, we have been working on “writing on demand”. Students have been given different topics and have been working on organizing their thoughts using graphic organizers and writing multi-sentence, structured paragraphs, that are directly related to the topic.

We have also begun a media unit on “The Kindness Diaries”. We have been watching short video clips about the adventures of a man named Leon Logothetis. Leon used to work as a broker in the financial industry. He made a lot of money in his career, but was overworked and tired of all the negativity he saw around him. He decided to leave that life and travel around the world. There was only one catch. He would not bring any money with him on his journey. He would only bring his vintage motorbike, which he named Kindness 1. ┬áHis goal was to travel around the world, relying completely on the kindness of strangers.

At first, the students in the class thought that it would be impossible for Leon to make the journey without any money for food, shelter, or gas. After a few days, they quickly realized that the random acts of kindness from strangers that Leon received along the way, would ultimately take him around the world. The best part, is that every so often, Leon meets a kind stranger that he wants to present with a gift of his own. The gifts that Leon gives to these strangers have the potential to change their lives forever.




The students in our class have been using The Kindness Diaries to work on writing summaries, make deep connections, inferences, and examine perspective, point of view. Eventually, we will be working on our own class kindness project. Leon Logothetis has his own kindness blog. Check it out!




In addition to The Kindness Diaries, we are also about to begin a new independent novel study. Students will be asked to choose their own book to read. Through the reading, we will work on several reading comprehension activities, including summarizing, finding the main idea, looking at the features of text, making connections, inferencing, predicting, point of view, and responding to reading using evidence from the text.



We are finishing up our unit on biodiversity, by talking about the problems associated with invasive species. When this is finished, we will move on to our unit on space.


Social Studies

Our inquiry projects are complete, and we have now begun a new unit on Canada’s interactions with the world. We began the unit by playing a fun trading game, where students were given certain supplies as well as a list of supplies that they needed. Some groups had more than what they needed, while others did not have enough. By the time the game was over, the students made the connection that this game relates to the status of different countries in the world. Some have more than what they need, and others do not have enough resources to sustain the population. This is why trade and foreign aid is so important!


Overall, we have been very busy and have been having lots of fun!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Strampel ­čÖé

We Love Kandalore!

Our first day at Kandalore has been full of laughs, fun activities, good food, and the great outdoors! Everyone is having a fantastic time and the staff here at Kandalore are keeping us very busy! We are looking forward to a wonderful day tomorrow!