Earth Day

Hi Everyone,   Today, April 22nd, we take time to celebrate and honor our Earth! There are lots of activities taking place all over Boston and all over the world today to show how we need to protect and preserve our natural resources, before it’s too late. We started today’s class with a discussion about the history of Earth Day, and read this article Celebrate Earth . We talked about what other countries are doing to address environmental issues like air and water pollution, climate change, melting polar ice caps, and a general waste of non-renewable resources. This year’s theme is about planting trees and restoring our air and earth. In honor of this we all got a small paper Earth which contains flower seeds that you can plant.  Here are the instructions on how to grow the seeds: First, soak the Earth in water overnight. Then break it into small pieces and plant it in a small pot (or cup) of dirt. Water it daily and give it some sunshine and in 1-3 weeks you will have some pretty wildflowers! (Don’t forget to add some love, too.)
Hope you enjoy celebrating Earth Day by planting your own flowers!

 

As we talk about environmental and other issues we often use verbs like should, must and have to. For example, We should protect the environment. It makes good sense. We must protect our environment or our resources will disappear. You have to use other forms of transportation occasionally. Here’s a table to show the different uses of these verbs: We also did this practice of should, must, and have to, just click here to review it again. 

So, we continued our discussion about Earth Day and focused on non-human life forms on Earth – plants and animals. We don’t always think about plants and animals when we think about air and water pollution and climate change and deforestation, but, these creatures and living species are also deeply affected. Each year certain animal and plant species are listed as extinct, and also each year there are discoveries of new plant and animal species.  We looked at some of these new discoveries and then watched this film which looks at the theme of preserving what we have on Earth in order to discover more. The film shows us some very unusual species that have recently been discovered.  

Hopefully, we will honor and cherish Earth every day, not just today. We agreed that the environmental issues are real and significant, but, together we can all help.

Words of the day

adrift (adjective) : of a boat: floating on the water without being tied to anything : without guidance, purpose, or support                                                                                She was alone and adrift when she arrived in Boston by herself for the first time last year.

akimbo (adjective) : of the arms : with hands on the hips and the elbows turned outward                                                                                                                                      He was trying to get everyone’s attention and stood at the head of the class with arms akimbo.

ponytail (noun) : a way of arranging hair by gathering it together at the back of the head and letting it hang down freely                                                                                       Her hair is so long that she usually wears her hair pulled back in a ponytail.

Remember to relax and practice!

For Earth Day and everyday, let’s never forget the 3Rs.

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Daydreaming

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for coming out in today’s snow storm! Forecast looks like it will be a couple of inches of heavy, wet snow. Be Careful!!

A pedestrian on Huntinton Ave. did not have a lot of traffic to deal with.

 

We started out today with a review of modal verbs – which are helping (or auxiliary) verbs that express necessity or possibility. Some modal verbs are: must, can’t, might, could, may, should, will, and would. We focused on modal verbs for possibility (could, may/may not, might/might not); certainty (must, can’t) and expectation (should/should not). The form is modal verb + base verb (for example – I may eat dinner at 7 p.m.) Here is the review and practice we did together in class Modal Verbs for Possibility Practice

We used these modals of possibility in today’s topic – daydreaming. We agreed that the meaning of the verb – to daydream – is to think pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions about your life or future while you are awake. We talked about when, where, and why we daydream. Then we talked about what we daydream about. Generally, we thought daydreaming is a good thing since it can help to reduce stress, to escape from reality, and it’s free!!! According to this graphic, daydreaming can make us more empathetic,  reduce blood  pressure, and increase creativity.  

 

 

We watched this video called Maybe, which is about a guy who daydreams about falling in love with a girl at the bus stand. Some of us agreed that his daydream would never come true or maybe it would… 

 

   

Click on this link to watch the film http://www.flixxy.com/maybe-short-film.htm  and you can decide if his daydream comes true or not!

Words of the day:

dusk (noun) : the time when day changes into night and the sky begins to get darker                                                                                                                                       The Boston Common closes at dusk.

image (noun) : a picture that is produced by a camera, artist, mirror, etc.                    I recently went to a gallery where there were lots of black and white images of Boston in winter.   

imperative (noun) : a command, rule, duty, etc. that is very important or necessary   He considers it a moral imperative to help people in need.                                                              

Remember to relax and practice! (it may help improve your English!!!) 

 

What Should We Do To Avoid Procrastination?

Hi Everyone,

Today we started with a review of modal verbs – can, may, must, would, should, could, will, shall, and ought to. Modal verbs are auxiliary verbs and always require another verb in a sentence. For example – I can go shopping.  We use modal verbs to express things like – ability, obligation, possibility, permission, advice, suggestion, strong belief and request or offer. Take another look at this practice and review we did together today Modal Verbs Review and Practice Today we are going to focus on the modal verb should/shouldn’t since we will be giving advice. As a warm up we did this practice on giving advice using should/shouldn’t Practice 2 : Should Shouldn’t

Okay, now onto today’s topic – procrastination. We discussed what the word means and came up with the basic definition that procrastination is not doing something today, but putting it off until tomorrow……… tomorrow, tomorrow. We watched this animated comic called “Procrastination” 

Sadly, the poor guy in this film never got his “stuff” done because he was busy procrastinating. We talked about how we procrastinate and put off doing things that may be difficult, complicated, unpleasant, or just not fun to do.

 Next we watched this video also called “Procrastination” in which the narrator tells us about more than 35 activities which we do to procrastinate. See if there are any things in the video that you do when you procrastinate getting something done.

Lastly, we discussed –  what advice would we give to someone to help them procrastinate less. Some advice was to start with small things first; have a plan; prioritize your to do list; get up early and do the things first: stay focused; and reward yourself when you have successfully completed a task. Nice job everyone, thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas on procrastination!

Words of the day:

awkward (adjective) : not graceful : clumsy                                                                                        I think I may need a few more dance lesson, I’m still pretty awkward on the dance floor!

professionalism (noun) : the skill, good judgement, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well                                                           The professionalism of the staff at her dentist’s office made her feel less nervous about having a tooth pulled.

hyperactive (adjective) : extremely active or too active                                                            I think we can agree that most children can be hyperactive around the Christmas holiday, waiting for Santa to deliver their gifts!

Remember to relax and practice!  

And……get your stuff done today!!!