Welcome to 3rd Grade
The Ashlawn Third Grade team would like to welcome you to Ashlawn
Ms. Charlotte Hoffer
I am thrilled to be a teacher at Ashlawn Elementary School! I grew up a military brat, Go Army!, and lived in 7 states throughout my school years. I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education at Clemson University, Go Tigers! I earned a Masters of Education in Social Foundations with an ESOL Endorsement through the University of Virginia. I taught 4th and 6thgrade in Fairfax County for 9 years prior to moving to Ashlawn, where I have taught for 3rd grade 2 years. I love spending time with my husband, Adam, sons, Charlie and Henry, and Sheepadoodle, Willa. We enjoy watching Clemson Football, being outside, and spending time with our extended family. I also love to read, mysteries are among my favorite; in elementary school, The Nancy Drew Series was a favorite. I love the school spirit at Ashlawn and all that we do to be Global Citizens, particularly service events like the Walk to End Homelessness and Cereal Mountain Food Drive. Go Eagles!
Mr. Keith Knott
This is my 19th year of teaching 3rd grade. I am a tried-and-true native Arlingtonian, and grew up in Clarendon before there was even a metro station, and the most exciting establishment was a Sears; and you went Putt-Putt golfing in Parkington, where Ballston Mall is now. Having been to all 50 states and 70 countries, I still find Arlington to be the greatest place on Earth to live and work. I am a graduate of Arlington Public Schools (Washington-Lee ’95), earned my B.A. at James Madison University in History and Education, earned my M.Ed. at the University of Virginia in School Administration, and continue to learn at Columbia University in New York from time to time. I’m an avid traveler, geography enthusiast, love the National Parks and Wolf Trap, and find joy in growing as a learner and teacher. I love to read Rick Steves travel books before going to Europe, read ancient history books, and favorite read of all time was Gone with the Wind.
Ms. Jennifer Lifland
I am originally am from Morristown, NJ and made my way to Virginia by way of JMU, GO DUKES! I love to travel, run, and read in my free time, but my biggest hobby is being a HUGE Washington Capitals fan! I am looking forward to getting to know everyone! 🙂
Ms. Sara Lynn
I am so excited to be teaching at Ashlawn this year! This is my eleventh year teaching and my fourth year here at Ashlawn. I was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Northern Virginia shortly after I graduated college in 2009. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Penn State University (WE ARE!) and my Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from George Mason University. I love spending time with my husband, Robbie and our playful and very energetic chocolate lab, Remi. As a family, we love traveling, listening to live music, and watching sports together (especially Penn State and Virginia Tech football!). Some of my favorite hobbies include reading, working out, and going on walks with my dog. Two of my favorite authors are Roald Dahl and Kate DiCamillo. I look forward to another year of fostering a love of reading in my classroom! I love being a part of the Ashlawn family because of the warm and welcoming feeling that I’m surrounded by every day I am at school! I am thrilled to begin another fantastic year!
Ms. Madeline Long
Get conversations started at home this summer by discussing these current learning topics.
Reading We will be doing lots of great reading this year! We are focusing on “Reading is Thinking”! We do lots of thinking while we read. We make predictions, make connections, visualize (movies in my mind), and have questions. We will focus on a guided reading approach to meet the fluency and comprehension needs of your child this year. What you can do at home: Ask your child to make predictions, connections, and what they are visualizing in their head as you read to them, or in a conversation after they have read independently. Ask your child to point out some details about what they read, and the main idea that all those details fall under. Have your child frequently summarize what they read to you.
Writing Students will be gathering many ideas for writing stories through great examples of books we read. Each book offers a new idea for writing. We will be using our writing journal every day.What you can do at home: Ask your child to think about one of the ideas they have in their ideas section or that we have discussed to write a story. As your child to write about a small moment, and stretch it out over ten sentences.
Social Studies We will be learning about our government as we start the year, and will celebrate Constitution Day in September.What you can do at home: Visit one of the many great monuments in Washington DC to see our government in action (Archives, Capitol, Mt Vernon). Look at maps on pamphlets, GPS systems, and books to discuss them. Have your child create a treasure map with a title, key, and scale. Ask your child to make connections between ancient cultures or connections to our culture.
Science We will be learning about the scientific method through various science experiments. We will learn to make a smart hypothesis, collect data, and interpret results of an experiment.What you can do at home: Help your child identify simple experiments at home. Does a plant grow bigger if watered by milk or water? Does a baseball go farther when hit by a wood or metal bat? Which grows mold faster – moist bread or dry bread? Does exercise affect heart rate?
Math We will begin the year with fact fluency and patterns in math.What you can do at home: Visit the “3rd Grade Links” and practice some of the math activities. For place value, we are learning up to the hundred thousands place (100,000). Students should be able to write numbers in standard form, expanded form, and word form. Provide them one of those expressions, and have your child complete the other ways to express it. Students should be able to round numbers up to the thousands place this year. Ask your child to help you count money and make change. See a graph anywhere? Help your child interpret it!