The Cooper School Daily

Year of the Dog, Diwali Celebrations, and Jiha Moon’s Blending of Cultures

“Year of The Dog”, A Glimpse into the Life of an Asian-American

Third Grade readers continued to build on their knowledge of Asian tales during Reading Workshop this week. Scholars read a novel by Grace Lin, an Asian American author who weaves her cultural background into her fiction stories. This novel allowed students to investigate the qualities and characteristics that make up society. During Reading Workshop this week, students learned to identify the narrator and the point of view of the story. Readers learned to identify the difference in the narrator’s point of view and their own point of view. We investigated character traits and found evidence through character actions and dialogue to support our claims. Through close reading, readers also learned how to identify the plot of our novel by identifying the series of actions that took place. Readers thoroughly enjoyed this novel and learning even more about the Asian-American experience and the blending of different cultures!

Celebrating Diwali With The Cooper School Community


This week Third Graders had the joy of learning about the ancient Hindu festival, Diwali, from Mosmi Naik-Patel. Mosmi came and taught about this very special five-day celebration and its festival of lights. Diwali is one of the largest and brightest festivals in India, observed and celebrated through Diya and lighting, home decoration, shopping, fireworks, puja (prayers), gifts, feast and sweets! Third Grade learned that it is a time when people come together to shine their light as one. The twinkling little lights represent all positive things: hope, forgiveness, new ideas, gratitude, wisdom and knowledge, shining as one unified light and the triumph of good over evil. It is a time to express gratitude for a New Year, health and education. Mosmi guided the students through the creation of colorful sand mandalas in The Cooper School backyard. Students were thrilled to create these brilliant mandalas and learn about this truly beautiful celebration!

photo_3-15A Celebration of Many Cultures With Artist, Jiha Moon

This week, Third and Fourth Graders went on an exciting study trip to The Halsey to examine the artwork of multicultural artist, Jiha Moon. Moon is a contemporary artist who focuses on painting, printmaking, and sculptural ceramic objects. Born in Daegu, South Korea, Moon is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her artwork blends cultures through elements native to Korea, Japan, and China and then unites them with Western elements. Students were intrigued by Moon’s blend of icons and culture in her works. They were able to identify familiar Western icons such as the characters from the online game Angry Birds and smart phone Emojis, which intermingled alongside Eastern icons such as Asian tigers and Indian gods. Third and Fourth Graders asked thoughtful questions and made careful observations. They even participated in an exciting scavenger hunt to locate specific icons, words and symbols. We are so very grateful to Mrs. Kerry for arranging such an engaging study trip!