May is the fifth month of the modern-day Gregorian calendar, coming after January, February, March, and April. There are 31 days in the month of May.
The month of May got its name from the Greek Goddess Maia. Maia is identified with the Roman goddess Bona Dea, the goddess of fertility.
Previously, the month of May was not the fifth month of the calendar. In the early versions of the Roman calendar, May was the third month. After Julius Caesar reformed the calendar in 450 BCE, it was pushed to its current position in the calendar.
May is usually associated with spring and considered as the month when flowers and plants start to grow.
The full moon of May is known as Flower Moon. The birthstone for May is emerald that symbolizes love and success. Its birth flower is lily.
The first celebration to occur in May is, of course, May Day on May 1. In many countries worldwide, it is a celebration marking the beginning of summer. Next up is Cinco de Mayo on the fifth, which is a celebration of Mexico's defeat of the French army at the Battle of Puebla. The United States also commemorates its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. And everyone takes a moment to give thanks for mom on Mother's Day.
The worksheets below are all themed on celebrations or events that take place during the month of May.
Suggestion: Have your students trace the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (May, 1804) on a map, listing significant events.