General Studies, Kathy Rosenmann

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“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything” -William Shakespeare

We have much to be proud of as we look back on the month of April, namely the outstanding performances in our Texas Revue! Thank you to all of the students who worked so hard to prepare for the show. Let’s not forget to recognize Mrs. Marone for playing piano, Doreen Landrum who made the bonnets, Steve Gluskoter who made the guns, Josh Lafair for his square dancing, Josh Friedman for filming, and my own Izzy for his back stage help.


The culminating Texas history projects ranged from models of the Alamo, a gravestone of Jim Bowie, a Facebook page for Davy Crockett, and many other creative and clever endeavors.










If you haven’t had the chance to enjoy the play yet, fear not!

Our final field trip of the year to the Capitol Bldg. and State Cemetery was both informative and entertaining.



After learning about series and parallel circuits, the fourth grade students are presently engrossed in the Electricity Wiring Project. The objective is to design a room, draw a circuit schematic and wire it!  I can’t wait to see the finished products.

Tomorrow we look forward to our visit from Austin Energy when we will have the opportunity to learn about how electricity is generated, careers in energy, and energy efficiency.

Finally, last week we built electromagnets  in preparation for the electromagnetic motors we will build later this week.











This week we move into Unit 10: Reflections and Symmetry. Students will be guided through the discovery of symmetry, reflections, rotations, and translations. They will also be introduced to negative integers.


Now that we have completed the award winning Comanche Song, students will be challenged with their choice of projects relating to the themes in the book.  In this novel, we have explored themes such as war, tolerance, growing up, knowledge as power, and greed.

Next week we will move on to our final class novel, Holes.


Writer’s workshop is a valued time in our classroom. As these young authors continue to draft their realistic fiction stories, I am struck by the depth of feeling in their writing. Characters that face real life struggles such as homelessness, divorce, death, friendship challenges, family conflict, and handicaps are coming to life on the pages. In the coming weeks, the children will revise their stories in significant ways, thinking about ways to ground their stories in a well-developed settings. Finally, students will edit with attention to spelling, to making writing sound powerful, and to writing a variety of sentence types.