May Is Bike Month

Hi Everyone,

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May is Bike Month!  We started off today with some of the advantages of biking – like, it’s fun and good exercise, less polluting, cheaper, and sometimes quicker. The disadvantages are it can be dangerous riding on roads with cars, can be uncomfortable in bad weather, and sometimes hard to park safely.

The word bicycle is formed by bi + cycle. The prefix bi- means two and so a bicycle has two wheels. Just like unicycle means one wheel and tricycle means three wheels. We looked at some other words with prefix + root word, and were able to come up with a lot of examples. Related image


By knowing the meaning of a few prefixes we can figure out word meanings and improve and expand our vocabulary. Here is a list of some common prefixes and the practice we did together. 


Next we talked out manifestos – which are written public statements declaring the intentions, motive or views of a government, group or individual. We came up with some examples like the Declaration of Independence, Communist Manifesto, Political party manifestos, and more. We watched this short film which is a manifesto for the company, Holstee. As we watched it we looked for values mentioned in the manifesto, and what is it all about. 

After watching we talked about some of the values and ideas in the manifesto, and what we thought of the Holstee manifesto. We agreed that the basic principals are good, but, some of the things are not realistic, like quitting a job.

Next we decided to come up with our own personal manifestos, and then we shared them with everyone. Some of the adjectives used to describe out personal manifestos were – passionate, realistic, compassionate, wise, artistic, humorous, simple, thoughtful, and practical. Great job everyone!!

Remember to relax and practice!

Get out there and bike ride (if it ever stops raining!)

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Population Issues

Hi Everyone,

On this beautiful Friday morning, we started off with a look at prefixes and suffixes, and how they can expand our vocabulary. Generally, using a prefix changes the meaning of a word (to its opposite), and using a suffix changes the form of the word (noun to adjective, etc.).

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Today, we focused on suffixes -ant, -ent, -er, -or, -ian, and -ist , which we use to signify one who does something. This table below has some examples:Image result for er, ant, ist suffixesWe also talked about the suffixes -ary, -ery, -ory, and -ry which often mean “a place where” . For example: a winery, a factory, cemetery, a library, and a conservatory. Here are the answers to the practice we did in class.

Today’s topic was looking at a wide range of global issues from environmental to political to social and everything in between. We focused on our growing global population. With more than 7.3 billion people on earth, there are lots of problems and opportunities. We took a look at three living spaces and communities.Image result for city suburb countryWe described the characteristics of the environment, the people, and the lifestyles. Most of us are city dwellers, but a few are also suburban and rural dwellers. We took a look at the World Population Clock which keeps a real time count of the global population and also has some information about population in countries around the world. The we watch this video from National Geographic which is about our world population and where we will all be living in the future.

According to this video global population has grown from 2 billion in 1930 to 7 billion in 2011 (that’s about 80 years!!). And in 2045 (about 30 years from now) the population could be 9 billion!! WOW! People are also living longer, and by 2050, 70% of us will be living in mega cities/ urban areas. We discussed what this might be like and how we would cope with it in the future. Some of you described projects in your own countries that are occurring right now with private and government partnerships. But, lots more needs to be done.The future will indeed be a very interesting and challenging time for us all, but, with technology and great minds and hearts we will be able to face this. 

Words of the day

profusion (noun) : a large amount of something                                                                  At my friends wedding last month, there was a profusion of beautiful flowers, it looked like a garden.

slum (noun) : an area of a city where poor people live and the buildings are in bad condition                                                                                                                                   He grew up in the slums of New York City.

gentrify (verb) : to change (a place, such as an old neighborhood) by improving it and making it more appealing to people who have money                                               The Seaport neighborhood in Boston was recently gentrified, and the old waterfront has been replaced with modern apartment buildings, offices, stores and restaurants.

Remember to relax and practice!


Don’t forget to look up tonight and see the Harvest Moon!


Prefixes and Suffixes

Hi Everyone,

It is a beautiful day out there today, feeling a little like autumn??? We started today with a review of prefixes and suffixes.  We all know that a prefix is a group of letters placed before the root of a word. For example, take the root word happy and put the prefix un+happy and we get unhappy. So we’ve changed the meaning of the root word to its opposite. This chart may help 

Now let’s look at suffixes, which are also a group of letters placed after the root word – and how certain suffixes can change verbs to nouns and adjectives to nouns. For example, the the verb (to) arrive change it to a noun by adding aat the end and we have arrival. This chart may help

Here are the practice worksheets we did in class – Answers Prefix Practice  and Answers Noun Suffixes. Nice work everyone!

Today’s topic was on prefixes and we first took a look at how many prefixes mean the same thing – for example im-, in- and un- all mean “not” , but can  not used interchangeably for all words. So, although there are not rules about when to use what prefix, there is a certain pattern in English. Take a look at these 15 adjectives and how we changed them to the opposite by using im- , in-, and un-  im in un prefixes table . This brings us to today’s topic and film “Inseparable”. Who or what is inseparable? It can be couples, partners, family members, twins, and even mac and cheese, and pizza and coke! We watched the film and afterwards discussed the plot and who was inseparable and why. Then we talked about whether we would do what Joe and Charlie did, under what circumstances and why. Great job and thanks for contributing all your opinions, thoughts and insights! Take another look at the film here 

Words of the day

nuisance (noun) : a person, thing or situation that is annoying or that causes trouble or problems                                                                                                                          My older sister is still single and living at home, she is such a nuisance.

pitch in (phrasal verb) : to do something or give something to help a person, group, or cause {informal}                                                                                                              It was so great to see all my neighbors pitching in last weekend to clean up outside after all the bad weather we had this winter.

pensive (adjective) : thoughtful or quietly sad                                                                     She sat by herself, looking pensive , I think she had a lot on her mind.

Remember to relax and practice!

Enjoy the beautiful weekend******