Mrs. Belvin

Teacher: Gabriela Belvin
 
Welcome to Language Arts & Writing class! In fourth grade, Language Arts is divided into three sections: Grammar, Reading and Writing. In grammar we will focus primarily on parts of speech, spelling, capitalization and punctuation.  In writing, we will focus primarily on writing opinion pieces, informative/explanatory pieces and narrative pieces. Students will be expected to use Standard English (grammar, usage, syntax, spelling, and writing conventions) in all written work. In reading, we will continue to work on student progress in comprehension and analytical reading skills through a variety of authors and genres. Students will be reading for both enjoyment (Accelerated Reader) and reading for analysis during guided and independent reading. Students will learn how successful readers think when they read, interact with, and examine text. We will explore language and literature through a variety of approaches including film, presentations, projects, written assignments, etc. All daily and weekly assignments will be posted in the classroom and on SIS.
 
Welcome to Social Studies class! In fourth grade, students have Social Studies three times per week. Fourth grade Social Studies is divided into the following areas: (1) Civics, Government, and Human Rights, (2) Geography, People, and the Environment, (3) Economics, Innovation, and Technology, and (4) History, Culture, and Perspectives. In Civics, Government, and Human Rights, we will learn about rules and laws, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, the branches of the United States, cultural perspectives, and citizenship. In Geography, People, and the Environment, we will learn about neighborhoods/communities, map types, regional characteristics, environmental concerns, and the state of New Jersey. In Economics, Innovation, and Technology, we will learn about availability of resources, economics, policymaking, societal outcomes, and the role of money, savings, debt, and investment in individuals’ lives. In History, Culture, and Perspectives, we will learn about family roles and traditions, immigration to New Jersey and the United States, key events that led to the creation of New Jersey and the United States, the presidential qualities that led to the development of the United States government, the American Revolution, and Native American groups. All daily and weekly assignments will be posted in the classroom and on SIS.