Writers Workshop Unit of Study for the month of May:
We began our last unit of study for the 2016-17 school year – Writing Fiction: Learning how to write realistic fiction
Here are a few upcoming lessons:

– Serious fiction writers do some serious pretending

– Writers develop a “can-do” independent attitude

– Serious writers get serious about spelling

– Writers use checklists to set writing goals

– Introducing your character in book one of a series: learning how to write a book series

– Writers investigate what makes realistic fiction realistic

– Fiction writers include chapters: writing a beginning, middle, and end

– Writers use illustrations to tell important details

– Writers publish their final piece
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Science Unit of Study – Life Cycles – April to June

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?

Enduring understandings:
A cycle is circular, always in motion
The caterpillar life cycle
The Frog life cycle

The lady bug life cycle

Essential Questions:
– What is a life cycle?
– What are examples of the life cycles?

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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, 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)

– Consolidating knowledge about vowels
– Noticing different parts of a word
– consolidating knowledge about vowels
– learning phonograms – an, are, – at, – ay, and
– making plurals adding – es
– learning about contractions
– adding s and ing
– recognizing common consonant digraphs
– consolidating knowledge about phonograms
– continuing to learning about compound words

– Summarizing digraph knowledge

– recognizing vowel sounds: silent e

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Unit of Study for Math – May
During the month of May we will be learning about repeating patterns. The learners will create, describe, and extend repeating pattern in which two or three elements alternate. Learners will also describe and analyze, such as AAB and ABB. We will also be learning about “getting to 100.” The learners will work on developing strategies for efficient counting from 1 to 100. Learners will move from counting by 1’s to counting by equal groups as they solve problems involving things that come in groups of 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. They will also play games that develop fluency with combinations of 10.

Our lessons and activities will cover:
– What comes next and clapping patterns
– What color will the 12th cube be?
– Breaking a pattern and making a pattern
– Revisiting the 100 chart
– Counting to 100 and beyond
– Problems about twos and fours
– Games about combinations of ten
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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.