Book Clubs

Many classes have launched book clubs. Below you will find some information about these exciting clubs!

Why Book Clubs? 

Book Clubs provide a new and enjoyable way for your child to develop many literacy skills. Simply by reading books in preparation for book club meetings, your child will increase his/her fluency. Also, your student will have an opportunity to apply their own personal reading process to the novel. Through the discussion that takes place at book club meetings, your child will develop a deeper understanding of books, consider other readers' points of view on the same book and practice analyzing the books he/she reads. Finally, book clubs help children develop important language skills. Book discussions help children practice turn-taking, encourage them to use language to analyze, make predictions and solve problems, and provide them with opportunities to try out new vocabulary words.
How do Book Clubs work?
Once book matches (by level) are made, the students meet with their group to determine what they will have to accomplish on a daily basis to reach their goal of completion. Once the clubs are up and running, the students read their assigned pages either during ELA or at home. Every day the students are given a job to give them a purpose for their reading that day. The students will bring their answers to the next book club meeting to discuss with the other members in the group. When students are given a purpose for their reading, they are more successful with comprehension of the text. Book clubs will meet daily for 10-15 minutes to discuss what was read the day before and to make sure everyone is at the same place in the book. 
How can parents help?
The best way to help your child be successful in their book club is to make sure that they have time carved out of their day to complete the reading assignment and answer the guiding questions of the day. Talk to your child about what they are reading. The children should be able to give you intelligent, well crafted answers to questions about characters, setting, theme, inferences, connections, or their opinion of the writing itself. Engaging your student in conversation will show the child that you value what is happening in the classroom. Help hold your child accountable. The rest of his/her book club is relying on your student to do his part. Please make sure that the reading is completed daily.  


AmericanFlagCottage Lane's word of the month is Patriotism.  What does this word mean to you? What do you do to show patriotism?  Does this word have a diffirent meaning to those who immigrated to this country?  Why or why not?

Read Who Belongs Here? An American Story by Margy Knight. 


Do some oral history research on where your ancestors came from.  Who were the first people in your family to make what is now the U.S.A. their home?  Consider these questions when researching: 
1. Who were the first people in my family, or the family of another trusted adult, to come to America?
2. Why did they choose to leave their homeland to come to a foreign country?
3. What did they bring with them?
4. What cultural things do we still do as a family that I might not have been aware of before?
5. Are there any foods that are part of our family history?
6. What are some of the interesting or unusual stories in the family? 
Share your findings to this blog!

Speaking of patriotism… June 14th is Flag Day. Join the party on June 14 and add your voice to those across the country and world! The Smithosonian is having the largest group in history sing the National Anthem.  Click here for more details – Raise it Up!

Take this True/False Quiz:
1. Betsy Ross made the first American flag.
2. The red, white and blue colors symbolize American sacrifice.
3. The Pledge of Allegiance has long been recited in Congress and other governmental bodies.
4. It is illegal to burn the American flag.
5. It’s okay to wear a Stars and Stripes T-shirt. 
How did you do? 
Washington's Post article – 5 Myths about the American Flag  

Watch these videos and post something new that you learned about the American flag.

Earth Day

Today is Cottage Lane’s Earth Day. Watch the video by Vienna, a 5th grader at CLE.

Enjoy your day at Tallman. There is so much to learn from the world around us. You will visit centers where experts will help you connect to our Earth. Post something new that you learned from Cottage Lane’s Earth Day at Tallman Park.


gipperWikipedia defines loyalty as a faithfulness or a devotion to a person, country, group, or cause. Loyalty is a word thrown around often in sports today. What does it mean for a player to have loyalty? Is it just about never leaving one team for higher pay for another one? Is it about showing up and doing the right thing for the fans? Loyal players build character and also makes a franchise stronger. As we celebrate the spring season with baseball/softball day, some famous baseball players who come to mind are Bob Feller, Cal Ripken Jr., Derek Jeter, Billy Martin, and Jackie Robinson.

To select a loyal football player, George Gipp would be top on the list. George Gipp was a regular person with outstanding athletic talent. He attended the Univeristy of Notre Dame on a baseball scholarship.  After goofing around with a football, the assistant football coach, Knute Rockne, noticed and recruited him to the football team. Fans went wild for Gipp, and he never let them down. Read Kathy-jo Wargin's Win one for the Gipper: America's Footfall Hero and develop a greater appreciation for the saying "Win One for the Gipper."

What did you learn from George Gipp?  How will you use the phrase, "Win one for the Gipper" some day?

An Amazing Assembly!

The Sonnet Man is coming to Cottage Lane. Find out more about Devon Glover and his loyalty to his family and community.

What is a Sonnet? A sonnet is a type of poem. This special poem contains fourteen lines and typically has ten syllables per line. 

Shakespeare's Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer's lease hath all too short a date:

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade

Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;

Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou growest:

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

The speaker of the poem believes this poem keeps living as long as humans keep breathing? Do you agree? Explain.

New York

Meet five people living in Dutch New-York and hear more about their daily life. You’ll practice your history detective skills and test your knowledge afterwards in this game you can play on your own or with your class at school. Click on the image below for Dutch New York: Learn their Stories!







Take a walk down Manhattan’s Stone street in 1660, look inside homes, gardens taverns and meet people on the street in the video above! The video is a preview of NAHC’s Virtual New Amsterdam Project (VNAP), a 3D recreation of New Amsterdam in Google Earth.

For additional information, visit the New Amsterdam History Center.

Write a comment about something new that you learned.

Bronx Zoo Fun

The Bronx Zoo was a great day for learning. Let's keep learning with these online activities.


Spot the Difference – Conservation biologists use camera trap photographs to count jaguars in the wild. 

Ecology IQ – Review basic ecology terms in this activity. 

Wolf Calls – See if a moose can tell if a wolf is a predator by playing wolf calls to two different moose populations.

Camel Adaptations – Check out all of the cool traits camels have to help them survive in the desert.

Post your favorite memory from our trip and an interesting fact you learned.

Caps For Kids

Today is Caps for Kids day. Caps For Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving autographed hats to children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments, read more… Your thoughtfulness brings joy to others which in turn makes you happy.  Understanding how lucky you are is an example we can learn from Lou Gehrig.

louGehrigThroughout eight years of grade school, Lou Gehrig never missed a single day. During fourteen years as a first baseman for the New York Yankees, he didn't miss a single game. Lou Gehrig's stamina earned him the nickname Iron Horse and helped him set what was then a world record – 2130 consecutive games. Read more of his life at