Last week we had a wonderful hike up to the Pinnacle. In addition to the view, we saw stonewalls, old foundations, lots of different types of plants and mushrooms, monarch caterpillars and chrysalis', a snake skin and a snake! It was a great chance to get out in nature and continue to get to know each other.
We have started learning cursive! So far we have learned lowercase: c, a, d, g, h, and t. While I know 3rd graders are very excited to practice this new skill, I ask that they hold off on practicing at home until we have learned all of the lowercase letters to help limit confusion about letter formation.
We have started our Natalie Kinsey-Warnock author study. Many of the books we have read by her so far are inspired by her family stories. When she comes in October, we will be encouraging your students to talk with you and other family members about the stories in your own families. As we are reading her books we are also "collecting" similes and metaphors. In a few weeks we will be trying to include some in our own writing as well!
In reading we are currently reading Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. While reading this book we are working on identifying settings and inferencing (taking our own background knowledge and putting it together with what we are reading to create a new idea).
In math we are continuing to learn about multiplication, this week focusing on it's connections to area and dimensions of rectangles.