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Below, you will find the topics and skills that we will be focusing on in May:


Language Arts:


Writing:  students will become authors that adapt fairy tales.  Mini-lessons will include; knowing a classic story and telling it often, deciding on a change to improve the story (changing the character, events, motivation), making a change that will lead to other changes so the whole story fits together, making a character with traits and wants who runs into trouble, telling the story in two or three scenes, story-telling or acting out the first scene, filling in lifelike details, then writing the scenes, and figuring out an ending that solves the character’s big problem.  Finally, with narration, students will give a backstory at the start and stitch scenes together, add a refrain so readers remember, balance dialogue with characters’ actions, and paint pictures with language. 


Reading: A new unit of study will begin on Research Clubs.  Some of the topics addressed in the first bend are:

Orientation to a Text Set-Researchers look over resources and organize them; read an easy book to get an overview, and skim tables of contents and illustrations to glean main subtopics

Cross-Text Synthesis-Researchers dig into a topic, identify subtopics, read more about subtopics, and synthesize the information

Using the Lingo of Experts-Researchers read more about a subject and use that subject’s technical vocabulary

Zeal Matters: Pursuing Collaborative Inquires with Commitment- Strong readers pitch in collaborative reading work with enthusiasm and commitment

Growing Ideas about Nonfiction-Readers can get ideas about nonfiction by paying close attention to the traits, motivation, and struggles of their nonfiction subject

Researchers Ask Questions- Researchers analyze the information that they collect, asking and answering the all-important question: Why?


Guided Reading Groups:  Students will continue reading text in small leveled reading groups and responding to reading in reading response journals.  The focus of all small group instruction will be to improve upon comprehension, fluency, expression, decoding skills, and vocabulary.


Word Study:  Students will continue classifying words according to common word patterns and features.  additional word work will allow students to find synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, definitions, and syllable counts for word list words. 


Math:  In Unit 8, children deepen and apply their understanding of multiplication, division, measurement, and attributes of shapes. 


Science: Students will continue a unit on Astronomy learning about the moon phases and the sun (causes for day and night and seasons, revolutions, rotations).   


Soc. St.:  Map Skills for the month will be based around reading route maps and grids.