What Are You Afraid Of ?

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday, we started with a look at certain adjective + preposition combinations. The prepositions compliment the adjectives. For example – Hank is good at math. We looked at the following prepositions – about, at, for, from, of, on, to, and with and some adjectives that go with them, here’s that list Adjectives and Specified Prepositions . Then we practiced putting the preposition with the appropriate adjective in this exercise  Adjectives and Prepositions Exercise

Well, yesterday’s topic was – What are you afraid of?  We agreed that we are all afraid of something and some of our fears were spiders, mice, thunder and lightning, heights, diving into water, and dogs. Next we talked about extreme fears which are called “phobias” – which is the Greek root for fear. We took a look at some common phobias on these slides 10 of the Most Common Phobias have fun clicking through the slides. We focused on one phobia – fear of flying (pteromerhanophobia) and offered advice as to how someone could overcome this fear. Then we watched this short video about a bird, Dougal, who suffers from fear of flying and how it affects his life and how he deals with it. Take another look at the video here: 

Well, it looked like Dougal was able to cope with his phobia and move on with his life, until Lucy asked if he wanted to go swimming??? Looks like Dougal may have a fear of the water (aquaphobia) …….oh, no.


Words of the day

sling (noun) : something that is used to lift, carry, or support something                  After she broke her arm, she had to keep in a sling for about a month.

sting (verb) : to hurt (someone) by piercing the skin with a sharp, pointed part (of an insect, plant or animal)                                                                                             At the picnic yesterday, I got stung by a bee! Ouch, it really hurt!

swing (adjective) : {always used before a noun} of or relating to the style of music called swing                                                                                                                               In the 1930s and 1940s bandleader Benny Goodman made swing  music and swing bands very popular. The music was very easy to dance to and very lively.

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