Writers Workshop Unit of Study for the month of May: Informative/Expository Writing
During the month of 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 – May and June

During this unit learners will investigate the life cycle of humans, chickens, butterflies, and lady bugs. We will experience first hand the actual life cycle of a chick (from egg to chick) butterfly (egg to butterfly) and lady bug (egg to lady bug) in our classroom. During the month of May our classroom will be full of new life!

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 May
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 May 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)

– recognizing vowel sounds: silent e
– learning about word structure: r with a vowel
– recognizing consonants with two sounds
– learning about vowels and silent e
– learning about adding “ed”
– learning about contractions with – is, will, are, not

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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 May we will continue learning how to understand the roots of our emotions. Our class discussions and mindfulness lessons will continue to be centered 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
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Class Play

Here is a paragraph from the e-mail that I sent out about the class play at the end of March:

During the month of May we will rehearse the play three days a week usually during free choice time. During the first week of rehearsals the children will get use to being on stage and speaking their lines. As the weeks progress they will also start to act out their parts on stage. We will practice speaking loudly and learning how to speak so an audience can hear us. I believe through this they learn how to think, how to be creative, how to work together as a group, how to support each other, how to remember their lines, how to listen and follow instructions. They learn in a very tangible way how to be a part of a group – a skill they will all need in their lives.