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Researching a Country of the World

May 3, 2022 | Cindy Kuperus

Here are your children, holding the main resource of the country they are studying for the Global Expo


Wednesday, May 18.

They are doing some serious research! It will fit into a booklet, like this one:

There are several ways to find the information needed, and students are using research skills. For example, information about holidays can be accessed using the index or table of contents.

Now after reading print and pictures, the booklet page can be filled in. They are finding information about land and water features, language, and religions, to name a few. Along with accuracy, children have been urged to take the time to be neat  – and be careful with spellings. So far, there is pride in the accomplishments.

Meanwhile, in the Shared Space, students are finishing up details of their painted clay maps.

Next week, students will begin building artifacts, and they will soon also prepare a one-minute (or less) presentation about an artifact or feature of their country’s culture.

We hope you’ll be able to join us in celebration at the Expo in three weeks. We will give you more information a week before the Expo. For now, plan on it starting at 9:30 in the community room.

Hope to see you there!















Cindy Kuperus

Teacher, Grades 3&4

Ms. Kuperus attended a small Lutheran grade school and has always been a student in multi-grade classrooms. She became interested in teaching, in fact, when she would assist classmates when the teacher was busy helping others. Her 5th/6th grade teacher, Mrs. Roman, encouraged her to think broadly about the world beyond their small town (population: 500), giving stickers to those who could answer a question from the World News segment from television the night before. She would be thrilled to learn that Ms. Kuperus has taught internationally in Masaya, Nicaragua, and Chengdu,China.

After graduating from Calvin College, Ms. Kuperus taught students in grades two-six for almost 10 years in Kentwood, Michigan. In 1994, Ms. Kuperus sought a teaching position in a school in the Northeast, anywhere but New Jersey. She’s now taught for over 23 years in NEW JERSEY! Two of her former students, Becca Brasser and Sam Martino, are now on staff at MSS.

Ms. Kuperus loves opportunities to travel, interact with the people, and taste the foods of the world. She’s also a person who ‘travels” with the characters in the books she reads!

It’s important to Ms. Kuperus that people’s voices are heard and that their needs for shelter and food are met. To that end, she volunteers for organizations like First Friends and the Sharing Place.

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