CHRISTINA VON WALTER

3rd Grade

Homeroom: Room 3
Phone: (907) 742-3730
Email: vonwalter_christina@asdk12.org
CHRISTINA VON WALTER

Welcome!

I am excited to work with you and your child this year to help your child have a wonderful, successful school year.

 

Reading

We will be using the Houghton Mifflin curriculum in reading this year.  These materials are available for your review.

 

Reading is a daily activity during which students read alone, with a partner, in a small group, or with the class.  They talk to each other and me about what they are reading and frequently write about it.  They will also be asked to answer questions about their reading.  We will be practicing the strategies all readers use when they read for meaning from print.

 

Students will be reading both self and teacher selected books throughout the year.  We will have author and genre studies during which students will be required to read a book written by a specific author or from a certain genre.  Some books will be related to content areas.

 

We are very fortunate to be participating in the Pizza Hut Book It Program.  Students are expected to read either: 20 minutes every night of the week or 30 minutes Sunday through Thursday (school nights). Those students meeting the monthly at-home reading goal will earn a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut every month.  Please encourage your child in attaining this goal and assist in recording it on his/her reading calendar every night.  Nightly reading will tremendously benefit your child in all areas of his/her schooling.  Your child is allowed to check out books from the school library, and they are also allowed to borrow books from my classroom library.  Please also assist your child in returning books they are finished with in a timely manner.

 

Writing

Third grade is a HUGE year for writing. Children will be learning about the six traits of effective writing. They are: ideas and content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.

 

Your child will also be studying the individual elements of great writing. They will learn how to use onomatopoeia, alliteration, powerful verbs, precise nouns, simile, metaphor, startling statements, conversations, quotation, famous quotes, and many other strategies to make our writing great. We will be learning how to write a perfect paragraph, multiple paragraph stories, and many different forms of poetry. 

 

Please take the time to read and enjoy all of the many wonderful pieces of writing your child will bring home this year.  Your encouragement is a powerful motivator for your child.

           

We are learning about conventions through Daily Oral Language (D.O.L.).  Every morning students correct sentences that are riddled with mistakes. They make as many corrections as they can on their own, then we will go over the sentences and discuss all necessary corrections as a group.  Students are responsible for making all corrections at that time.  I will periodically spot-check these and students will earn an effort grade based on the accuracy of their paper.  Each mistake will lower the paper’s score by 10%. 

 

Math

Saxon Math is our primary curriculum.  Attached you will find a parent letter explaining more about this program.  Your child will have math homework almost every day.  Please take time to check this over each night before your child turns it in.  If your child is struggling with a concept on their homework, please either help them with it, or write a note to me in their planner so that I can help them in the morning.  Mastery tests are given after every five lessons (lesson 5, 10, etc.).        As the need is demonstrated, this program will be supplemented with materials and instructional strategies from various sources.

 

Students will be expected to master their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts through the 10’s this year. Quizzing your child on these facts will help motivate them and show them that you think it is important.

Technology

We will be learning keyboarding, how to use the Internet as a research tool, creating multimedia presentations, and using various software to learn and support our academic goals.

 

Oral Language

Students will be giving short (one - two minute) speeches about different topics throughout the year.  Each child will give one speech per month.  Everyone will have the date of their monthly speech and the topic written in their Student Planner. Students will be graded on voice, eye contact, body control, visual aides, preparation and organization.  PLEASE encourage your child to start preparing his/her speech at least one week before it is due.

 

This year we will study Alaska.  We will learn about Alaska’s geography, native peoples, and history.

 

Spelling

Students will all be studying spelling words from the Extended Ayers List, which is part of the Spalding Method.  As the need is demonstrated, students’ lists may be modified in a way that will better meet their needs.  The number of words and difficulty of words may be adjusted as necessary.

 

 Students will take mastery tests every Friday.  New lists will be passed out on Monday.  Although students will study their spelling pattern and words in class, they are still expected to study at home.  Please let me know if your child is spending more than ten minutes every night studying his/her spelling words.