Curiosity

Hi Everyone,

Today is a perfect June day, sunny and breezy. We started off with a quick review of questions using question wordswhy, when, where, who, whose, what, which, and how. Take a look at this  quick review we did together.

Next we split up into teams of two and each person was given a list of words. Image result for guess the word

The first student would ask questions using question words and the second student would try to guess the word.


You all did a great job! It was a little more challenging than we thought, but, it was fun! 

 

This led to a conversation about who asks questions and why? How do we describe the type of person who asks questions?Image result for ask questions

Today’s topic was curiosity – which is a noun meaning : the desire to learn or know more about something or someone.

We discussed whether or not curiosity is important in life? Should we encourage curiosity in schools, businesses, and at home? How? To help us with these questions we watched this video: 

After watching we talked about some of the words used in the video to describe curiosity – thoughtful, powerful, natural, bold, importance of questions, knowledge and life long learning. 

We looked at some  Quotes on Curiosity and discussed what they mean in our lives and in the real world.

Lastly we watched this talk by artist Janet Echelman and how she used her curiosity in many ways to develop and produce her art. Take a look here:

We all agreed that Janet Echelman’s art is amazing and as she progressed through her art and different installations, she approached challenges with curiosity, always asking questions to solve issues and learn more. Janet’s work has been displayed in locations all over the world, even in Boston in 2015!

“As If It Were Already Here” Janet Echelman’s 2015 Boston Installation above the Rose Kennedy Greenway

Words of the day

private investigator (noun) : someone who works as a detective and who is not a member of the police force                                                                                                     Tom hired a private investigator to find out if his wife was having an affair.

fire up (phrasal verb) : to start (something) by lighting a fire : to fill (someone) with energy or enthusiasm                                                                                                              Over Memorial Day weekend, we fired up the grill and had a barbecue of hot dogs and hamburgers.

spectacular (adjective) : causing wonder and admiration : very impressive                   We all thought that Janet Echelman’s art work is spectacular and very beautiful to see in so many urban settings!

Remember to relax and practice, and stay curious!

But, don’t be too curious, because, remember – curiosity killed the cat!Image result for curiosity killed the cat idiom

 

 

 

 

 

 

When We Were Younger

Hi Everyone,

One thing that can be confusing in English is forming questions. We ask questions a lot, every day, so a simple formula for forming questions is QUASM –  QU estion word + A uxiliary verb + S ubject + M ain verb. For example, Where do you work? Today we did a quick review of general questions, and then we focused on object and subject questions. First, we reviewed the difference between a subject and an object. The subject of a sentence is the person or thing that performs the action. The object of a sentence is the person or thing that is acted upon, or receives the action. For example, We want some orange juice. ( we is the subject and some orange juice is the object ) 

Most questions in English are object questions – we want to know about the receiver of the action. However, sometimes we want to ask about the subject, we don’t know the person or thing who performed the action (doer) and we want to find out. These are called subject questions. This chart below shows you how to form these 2 types of questions. Take another look at these two practices on questions we did in class Practice 1 and Practice 2.

 

Today we talked about our growth over the years, the different stages and characteristics – look at this image which shows different stages of growth:

Then we did a group exercise with half of us writing down positive human characteristics and the other half writing down negative human characteristics. We compared our lists and tried to match a positive characteristic with its opposite and same for the negative characteristics. Then we discussed one adjective that would describe us as a teenager, and an activity that we liked to do as a teenager. We watched this film about a teenage boy and his behavior, interests and activities. It has a surprise ending!

After watching the film we talked about what was the message of the film, and other thoughts and ideas about the boy and the dog, and what happened at the end.

Words of the day

patch up (phrasal verb) : to deal with a problem, disagreement, etc. in order to improve or repair a relationship                                                                                           They really loved each other, and so they decided to patch things up, and stay together. 

amateur (noun) : a person who does something (such as a sport or hobby) for pleasure and not as a job                                                                                                       We all have hobbies, but, he said, when it comes to cooking, I’m just an amateur!   

plummet (verb)  {always followed by an adverb or preposition} :  to fall suddenly straight down especially from a very high place                                                                 Unfortunately, many suicides occur when a person plummets from a bridge.   

 Remember to relax and practice!

First day of spring is this Sunday, March 20th

      

Questions and Secrets

Hi Everyone,

Today we started with a review of questions – asking questions; subject and object questions; and direct and indirect questions. When we ask questions we usually use question words like who, what, when, where, why, how, etc. At the end of a question we use a and our voices go up. Subject questions are used when we want to ask about the subject of a sentence (Who won the basketball game?) And object questions are used to ask about the object of a question ( What did they win?) Lastly, direct questions are used to find out information (What time is it?) and indirect questions are used when we want to ask in a more polite or formal manner (Could you tell me what time it is?). Take another look at the practice we did in class today QUESTIONS Practice

We ask all kinds of questions for all kinds of reasons, sometimes we want information or facts, weather, time , directions, instructions, gossip, and sometimes we are told secrets. We discussed what are secrets, who tells secrets and why. Who do we tell secrets to?? Do we need to have secrets?? Then we took at lot at this short video Your Secret – as we watched it we tried to figure out the message of the film and whose secret is it anyway…..  

Here is a copy of the film’s transcript for you to read along with the film Your Secret Transcript

Thanks for all your thoughts and ideas about this video and the topic of secrets.

Words of the day

smudge (verb) : to make a dirty mark, spot, streak, etc. on something                         Little kids usually smudge the walls with their dirty hands.

prickly (adjective) : having many sharp points                                                                      In many of the deserts in Arizona, there are lots of prickly cactus bushes.      

fuzzy (adjective) : covered with short, soft hairs, fur, etc.                                                Tommy’s favorite toy, his teddy bear, is nice and fuzzy. He sleeps with his fuzzy  teddy bear every night.     

Remember to relax and practice!

 Enjoy this nice Spring weekend!!!