Writers Workshop Unit of Study for the month of April and May: Informative/Expository Writing
During the month of April and May the learners will learn about non-fiction books. We will also read many types of informative texts. At the end of our unit each child will write/publish their own non-fiction / informative book during writers workshop.

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Science Unit of Study – Life Cycles – April to June

During this unit learners will investigate the life cycle of humans, chickens, butterflies, and insects

Unit Concepts:
What do we know, what do we wonder, and what do we want to learn about life cycles?
What is a cycle?
What is your life cycle? What is the life cycle of a human?
What is the life cycle of chickens?
What is the life cycle of an insect?
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Readers Workshop Unit of Study: February to May – Readers pursue their interest in books and other text
Readers will study:

• Genre studies non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and fairy tales
• Individual author studies
• Character studies
• Learn how to infer within the text
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Phonics Lessons from Pinnell and Fountas for April
These lessons are taught each afternoon during our first grade language arts time. The lessons are taught in a systematic order to support the children in reading and writing through-out the school year.
The topics that will be covered during April are: (although this a rough schedule depending on how the lessons go each week, sometimes we may need more/less time for a certain lesson)

– learning about contractions
– learning about adding “s” and “ing”
– recognizing common consonant digraphs
– consolidating knowledge about phonograms
– continuing to learning about compound words

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Unit of Study in Math – April / May: Operations and Algebraic Thinking – First Grade
We will spend these last few months of school concentrating on learning how to solve problems involving addition and subtraction. This will include how to apply and use the correct properties and strategies for solving word problems. We will practice and review our math facts within 20. Finally we will learn how to work within addition and subtraction problems.

Unit of Study in Math – April / May: Operations and Algebraic Thinking – Kindergarten
We will spend these last few months of school concentrating on learning how to solve problems involving addition and subtraction. This will include learning how to add and subtract within 10 by using objects or drawings to represent the problem. We will also work on understanding the concept that addition is putting together and adding to, and that subtraction is taking apart and taking from. Lastly we will work on fluently adding and subtracting within 5.

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Mindfulness

During the month of April we will be learning how to understand the roots of our emotions. We will have several class discussions and mindfulness lessons on learning how to identify the feeling/feelings we are experiencing in our bodies.

The information below is from “The Way of Mindful Education” this is the book that I am using as my guide for our daily mindfulness lessons.

The learning objectives for understanding the roots of our emotions are:
– Learning to feel emotions directly in the body and letting them go
– Emotional regulation and letting go of difficult emotions
– Relaxation techniques and self-control