Lab: What is Energy? I can’t wait for tomorrow where my students get to become a newscast in the Amazon Rainforest; however, today I had such a great time teaching them about energy. The best is peaking their interest. As I have said before, I use the 5 E model when teaching science. Today was our Engage and Explore lesson on forms of energy. So how do you engage a bunch of kids on energy? Get yourself a beaker of colored water, double pan balance, rock and a flashlight. Ask what that means about the rock? Ask: what about light? Its these moments where I know bulbs will be lighting up as to understanding the simple things we take for granted. Ask: If light is not matter, then what is it? So after writing, I asked them, did anyone think they knew what light was if it was not matter? Does anyone know any other forms of energy? Now its time to explore 4 different stations of energy. I am trying to focus more on asking the students why they think something happened rather than what happened. On the front flaps, they had to draw and label a diagram of the completed station. Underneath the flap on the lines of their journal, they had to write why they thought whatever happened, happened. Hot water, cold water, sugar cubes and 2 cups. You know its doing magic in the classroom when you watch sugar dissolve. Here’s our 2nd YouTube Video! I am impressed that she is considering gravity as a reason. They love her so much and so do I! How high can the balloon be away from the items and still make them move? 10-11 minutes per station was more than enough time to get their work done. So I am off to the Rain forest Newscast Conference tomorrow and back to energy learning on Thursday. I cant believe I have blogged this much this month!

I usually say “Thanks again,” “take care,” “see you soon,” or something to that effect. Then add your ending with your signature. If you are writing on behalf of you and your spouse, since you are the writer, place your name first. Thanks again Aunt Wilma. Do take care of yourself. If you are thanking someone you are not close to, “Sincerely,” is all that is necessary. People used to say “Coridally,” but it sounds too cold and disconnected. Be careful of being too familiar in such situations also. Sometimes there are unfavorable circumstances which make thanking someone very difficult. Let’s say Aunt Wilma is the family critic and shrew. Her personality can be abrasive and/or passive aggressive. Nothing you, your spouse and children, your parents, or other family members do is right and Aunt Wilma is the imagined victim of your careless, and ruthless insensitivity. Last Christmas she wouldn’t talk to you because you didn’t call her back when you were ill in the hospital and caused her undue stress by worrying. She told your mother and cousin Kate that you were an ungrateful, and unfeeling niece and your husband was insulting by explaining why you couldn’t call her.

Because you are on her hit list, she has sent you something with a passive aggressive message revealing that you are disdained. Because you are not the monster she accuses you of being, and you have integrity, you know and are willing to write a thank you note. But how to do so civilly and without lying? Thank you for the candy dish (which you gave her last year, she hated, is now chipped, and she is pretending to have forgotten it was you who gave it to her originally). Jack and I will put it to good use when the grandkids come over for the day. We hear there is a heat wave in your area. We do hope you are managing to stay cool. If you lie and say things you don’t mean they will most likely see it for what it is, dub you a hypocrite, and may double their efforts at making your life miserable.

It may be that Aunt Wilma will twist what you said in the note, and find ill-meaning that doesn’t exist. But you have done your part and that is not your problem. If the situation is yet worse, a card with a simple thank you printed will have to suffice if, no matter what you write, will incite their vindictive wrath. A postscript or P.S. is simply an additional written message after your signature. Usually, post scripts are just a sentence or two. For Thank you notes, the shorter the better. They are not a necessary element of a thank you note; however, if you have an additional comment, by all means, add one. P.S. Fluffy (Cindy and Jack’s cat) finds the quilt ever so snugly too. P.S. We’re really missing the hot tub. Adding a little photo is a nice touch if you can fit it in the envelope.

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