Our English class
The 6th Grade students began a course of studying IRREGULAR verbs – how to use the PAST TENSE as well as the PAST PARTICIPLE e.g. ‘Yesterday I ate 20 dumplings.’ … “I have eaten 20 dumplings so far!” … “Have you ever eaten 25 dumplings in one meal?” “No, I have never eaten that many!”
We watched videos that illustrated the effects of peer pressure. If you would like to see one of the more amusing examples, click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgRoiTWkBHU
We also discussed the strange phenomenon known as the Placebo Effect, which is a shocking example of how our beliefs have a measurable effect on our physical bodies.
Another interesting experiment showed how students can be influenced to make the wrong choice in a multiple-choice question when the majority of other students have chosen the wrong answer. see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYIh4MkcfJA
The moral of the story is: Think for yourself and stick to your guns. You may enjoy asking your child to tell you about the experiment to see what conclusions they reached.
Our science class
We reviewed last week’s lab and the scientific method. Then we began studying Unit 1 “Heat” and did experiments investigating how thermal energy (heat) is a measure of molecular motion by observing the difference in speed of ink in spreading out through both hot and cold water. Our hypothesis was that the ink would spread out more quickly in the hot water because the molecules in the hot water move more quickly than in the cold water. In our experiment this was confirmed. We then studied temperature and observed how when equal amounts of two water with different temperatures are mixed the final temperature will be the average of the two temperatures. This result can be predicted as the average of the temperature of the two liquids. When the experiment was performed the actual temperature was seem to be the same as the predicted temperature.