Monday, October 25, 2010

Author Visit!!!

Brian Lies is coming to Cooperstown on Friday, November 12th! More details to follow!!!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Character Education

Mrs. McBrearty and I have kicked off our character education program for the month of October! Members of the school staff have been given blank construction paper hands to complete when a student demonstrates the monthly character trait. This month we are learning about responsibility. We have already received many helping hands sharing how CCS students demonstrated responsibility inside and outside of their classrooms. We are filling our bucket to share at the next Friday Finale.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Character Education

Mrs. McBrearty and I are teamed up to support character education. October's trait will be responsibility!! Help us keep our garden of learning bucket full by sharing how you are responsible! Look for our bulletin board display outside of the LMC!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Our new computer lab!

Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year. We have a new computer lab in the Library Media Center. It features 24 wireless internet accessible computers. This means we enough computers for an entire class here at CCS elementary. The opportunities to utilize the lab are endless. We are looking forward to discovering the wonders in our garden of learning.

Monday, August 2, 2010

What are you reading?

Write to me at school:

Miss Fey
21 Walnut Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Tell me what you are reading!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Stolen Children

Wow! I cannot put this book down! Now I understand why students all across New York State chose this book as the Charlotte Award winner. It is full of action and suspense. Amy, the babysitter, was brave and smart because she designed clues to her and Kendra's location in the videos! She had to be very clever to do it without getting caught. As you read this story Amy becomes very easy to identify with as a main character. I found myself not only rooting for her and Kendra's safe return to their families, but also hoping that she would open up to her mother abut the events prior to her father's death. This book is an enjoyable read for children and adults!

The author Peg Kehret has another new book out....

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Reading at New York Libraries


Check out the summer reading at New York Libraries. This website offers links to events, games, reading lists, and much more!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Reading at YOUR Local Libraries

Village Library of Cooperstown
22 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-8344

Kinney Memorial Library

West Main Street
Hartwick, NY 13348
(607) 293-6600

Cherry Valley Memorial Library
61 Main Street
PO Box 25
Cherry Valley, NY 13320

Huntington Memorial Library
62 Chestnut Street 
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 432-1980

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Borders Summer Reading Incentive

Follow the link below to check out the Borders Summer Reading incentive. It is for children 12 and under. It is a Double Dog Dare! Read ANY 10 books, fill out a form, and return it to any Borders to receive your free book.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Discovery Streaming

Our school has a free 60 day trail for Discovery Education. Discovery Education includes video streaming, lesson plans, and connections to many online resources!

Teachers may click on the link below and enter their code:

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Discovery Education Links

Today Mr. Place, Mr. Hanson, Mrs. Tedesco and I are at the Baseball Hall of Fame. We are at a conference about digital storytelling. Although we are immersed in Discovery Education products- our speaker is dynamic and I look forward to sharing many of these web 2.0 links and digital ideas with you.

This past week students and faculty in our building learned how to use our audience polling system. This new tool provides instant feedback for teachers and students. Ask your child about the "clickers" that we used to respond to our Tumblebook story!

Below is a link to a free online polling system that can be used with your cell phone. Try it out!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lit 2 go!

Lit 2 Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in MP3 (audiobook) format developed by the Florida Educational Technology Clearinghouse. Look at what you can do:

  • download the files to an MP3 player and listen on the go
  • listen to the files on a computer
  • view the text on a webpage and read along as the file plays
  • print out the stories and poems
Here is how easy it is:
  • You can search by title, author, keywords, or reading level. 
  • An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. 
  • Many of the selections also have a related reading strategy identified. 
  • Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as supplemental reading material for the classroom. 
  • Many of the selections can also be downloaded directly into an iTunes library.

Google Wonder Wheel

Try this link to learn about the Google Wonder Wheel!

The Wonder Wheel takes your Google search results and maps them in a web making it easier to find the relevant information you are looking for. You still need to evaluate the sources because they are from a search engine, but it makes your search more visual!

Learn about it by following the links below:

Use it here..this example will take you to an Eric Canal search

Monday, May 10, 2010

Poetry Explosions!

Today, 5th graders came to the LMC and exploded Emily Dickinson's Hope Is The Thing With Feathers.

 This image is courtesy of Amherst College Library

Exploding poetry is a technique used to create individual meaning to a poem. Ms. Steiner, Mrs. Murray and I attended a poetry conference in March and explored this exciting technique. Traditionally, the reader examines the poem and is encouraged to pick out a few lines, thoughts, or phrases that appeal to him or her. Then the reader takes on the role of writer and adds his or her own thoughts. The poem is read again inserting the writer's work with the orginal author resulting a a poetry explosion! Read Emily Dickinson's poem below:

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune--without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Do you Wordle?

Wordle is a web 2.0 site that uses Java Script to create "word clouds". Jonathan Feinberg created Worlde in 2009. It is a great tool to make a visually appealing image for poetry, text analysis, or just for fun!

Click on the link below to create your own:


The Grouchy Ladybug

This past week we read The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle in 1st grade and practiced telling time to the hour! 

Click here to visit Eric Carle's official website

Tumble Books

This week students in grades K-5 are discovering how to navigate Tumblebooks. The Tumble Book Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books. The site includes quizes, games, and teacher resources. Our school already subscribes to Bookflix this is a great additional resource to keep our students reading! You can link to this from the online database and research links page under literature resources on the LMC web-page.


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