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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time And Place For Fathers And Daughters

Hi Everyone,

Today we started off with a review of  where and when. Where is used to reflect place and when is used to reflect time.  

For example – When does the movie start? Where is the movie playing? and I know where you went to college, but, I don’t know whenThen we looked at examples of when used to join a modifying clause , for example, The day when the concert takes place is Sunday. (the when clause modifies “the day”). Same goes for where to modify a place , for example, The site where the concert takes place is Boston Common. Next we reviewed where/when clauses with at which , in which, and on which  – here’s the work sheet with the two practices we did in class Answers Practice When and Where 

Since this Sunday, June 21st, is the first day of summer and Fathers Day, we discussed what some traditions and celebrations take place around the globe. Today’s topic is about fathers and daughters. We looked at some images from a film titled “Father and Daughter” and tried to imagine what the narrative or story of the film might be. Then we watched the film, take another look at it here 

After watching the film, we discussed the themes and symbols of the film. We also discussed the production of the film, the setting, simple sketches, and use of color and sound. We talked about the emotions of longing , loss, persistence and love. Great job everyone! Words of the day

crease (noun) : a line or mark made by folding or pressing something (such as cloth or a piece of paper)                                                                                                        He ironed his pants to make the creases sharp.

scrape (noun) : a mark or injury that is caused by something rubbing against something else                                                                                                                                   I got a scrape on my knee when I tripped and fell on the sidewalk yesterday.

gig (noun) : {informal} a job for a musician, an actor, etc.                                              Pete and his rock band finally got a gig playing at that new nightclub in Somerville.

Remember to relax and practice!!