Social Studies
  • Classroom Belief Statements

    We Believe...

    Everyone deserves respect.

    Learning is hard work.

    Manners matter.

    The responsibility is ours.

    Listening is polite.

    Our words have power.

    Mistakes happen.

    Books open doors.

    Friendship is kindness.

    We're a team.



    Agendas and Communication:

    Please check student agendas nightly. This is one tool used to ensure student success and parent/teacher/student communication. Students will write down their nightly homework and other important class projects and reminders in their agendas.

    Please feel free to contact me by email. I will respond within 24 hours, but usually sooner. Classrooms can not receive phone calls during school hours. I can speak on the phone before school hours or after school. I am also available to meet on Zoom. If there is an emergency and you need to speak with someone immediately, please contact the office at (623) 445-8400.

    Classroom Behavior Expectations:

    Students will be using a TRACKS Card with positives and infractions earned for the day to self-monitor behavior. These will come home daily with students and signed weekly by parents to support communication between school and home. Each Monday I will check first period TRACKS cards for signatures. TRACKS positive attributes will earn a positive are Trustworthy, Respectful, Accountable, Creative, Kind, and Safe. Thank you for your support and partnership at home as we encourage students to develop these important traits.

    Sonoran Foothills will also be using a school-wide Social and Emotional curriculum, All Things EQ. These lessons will be built into the beginning of our day through announcements and class discussions. For more information, please visit the following link:

    All Things EQ

    Social Studies Curriculum:

    Student inquiry will be focused on the regions and cultures of the Americas. This includes the study of ancient civilizations in the Americas up until 1763. For more specific content details, please see the link below:

    Fourth Grade Social Studies Standards Link

    Daily in-class assignments will be graded. In addition, we will have 4 Unit Assessments/Projects, one taking place each quarter. The units of study include Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica, American Indian life in the Americas, European exploration of the Americas, and Colonial America.

    Writing Curriculum: 

    Writing will be taught across the 4th Grade curriculum and students will have opportunities to write in Social Studies, Reading and Science. Grades for writing will also be given in these three subject areas. 

    Students will explore various genres including narrative, informative and opinion writing. We will participate in a writer's workshop model in which students have opportunities to revise and edit their written work through mini-lessons, peer editing, and student-teacher writing conferences. 

    For more information, please visit the link below and see the Writing Standards:

    Fourth Grade ELA Standards Link



    Students will bring home unfinished class work and/or social studies or writing projects as needed. If students struggle with completing homework independently or there are questions regarding projects, please contact me.