Welcome Letter to Students 2010 by Diz1hfe4

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									          Teaming Up For A Great Year!
                                                                                        August, 2010

Hello! My name is Mrs. Pearce and I am thrilled to be your teacher this year. I hope that together
we can make this the best school year yet!

There are a lot of fun activities planned and a lot of new and interesting things to learn. In
reading, we will explore different reading strategies and learn about a variety of genres. In writing,
we will learn about the writing process and the 6 + 1 traits of writing. You will have an
opportunity to write your own stories, poems, ABC books and more! Through our school's Wolf's
Den publishing, you can publish and illustrate your very own stories! This year we will be doing
some genre studies in writing, where we will explore different styles and types of writing. I hope
that each and every one of you will find a style of writing that you really like and love to do!

Math will be a blast this year! We will continue to do KWCL problem solving and review those
addition and subtraction facts. In January, we will begin working on memorizing the basic
multiplication facts. Each week you will take a fact quiz and after passing all of the quizzes, you
will be rewarded with a special treat!!! We will also learn more about symmetry, congruency,
division, probability, fractions, geometry and more! I hope you will enjoy playing some fun math
games during our daily math workstations. A favorite computer and problem solving activity
among the third graders is Fizz and Martina! I am sure you will enjoy this program as well.

We will have a lot of fun during our Foss Science Units! We have three exciting and interesting
units. Our first unit is called Ideas and Inventions. You will not only learn about some neat
inventions and inventors, but you will get to first hand relive some of the discoveries! In our
Sound unit, you will be creating instruments and making a lot of fun sounds! In Water you will
learn about surface tension and have wax paper water drop races!

In Social Studies, you will be learning about our community. We will explore how to find our
community through the use of directions and maps. We will also learn about immigrants and
where people came from to help form different communities. In December, we will start to research
other countries and cultures and create a display about our findings. Then you will get to “travel”
and learn about other countries at our Countries Around the World Festival. The best part about
Social Studies is our Economics Unit! In this unit, you will learn about our economy and create
your own business. In school, the businesses will create their products or plan out their services to
sell at the Economics Fair. You will also learn about supply, demand, opportunity cost and
scarcity.

You will have an opportunity to participate in our class reading program called W.E.B.
(Wonderfully Exciting Books). Each night you will be asked to read for 20 minutes. You can
choose your own “just right” reading material. Make sure to write down all of the information on
          Teaming Up For A Great Year!
your W.E.B. reading log and have your parents sign it. Each week, you will meet with one of our
wonderful W.E.B. volunteers and talk about all of the exciting things you read that week. Plus, if
you met the reading goals for the week, you will earn a prize. Each month, you are encouraged to
read at least one book from a certain genre. If you do, at the end of the month, you will earn an
extra bonus!

There are a lot of ways to earn rewards in our classroom. Students that are "Caught Being Good"
can also earn a Positive Pack or a Pearce Pride Card. What are Pearce Pride Cards? Well, they are
special reward cards that you can collect for different, positive choices and redeem for prizes every
2-3 weeks. You can even collect the cards and save up for bigger prize items. If you come to reading
groups prepared, you will earn a sticker for your incentive card. As you fill up a row, you will
earn a prize and when you fill up the whole card, you will get to pick out a book.

Please make sure that you are prepared and organized each day. You will put together your W.O.L.F.
Binder during the first week of school. You are very privileged, as you are the only class to have
one. We will go over what is inside of it and how to take care of it. This binder will help you to
become very organized (especially if you put everything in its proper place). We also have snack
time, so please remember to bring a healthy snack with you every day. Also, you will need to have a
book to read each day during our daily Read to Self time. You can bring one from home or choose
one from our classroom library or the school Learning Media Center, if you prefer.

I even have my own classroom website! You can check it out at www.mrspearcesclass.com. There are
a lot of fun things to explore on this site. You can see pictures of our classroom, check out your
homework assignments for the week, check out links to fun and educational websites and much,
much more!

Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to seeing you at Meet the Teacher day on Tuesday,
August 24th from 2:30-3:15 PM and on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 25th! Come ready
to have fun and learn! I can’t wait to meet you!

                                             Sincerely,



                                             Mrs. Pearce

								
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