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To Overcome a Challenge

As 5th Graders, we have overcome a lot of is our recipe to tackle 5th grade challenges, good luck! 


  • 1½ cups of teamwork

  • 2 cups of communication

  • 1½ cups of empathy

  • 1 cup of resilience 

  • 1 cup of persistence 

  • 1 goal 

  • 1 tsp. of courage

  • 1¾ cup of commitment 

  • ⅓ cup of patience

  • 1¾ cups of leadership (optional)


  1. Aggressively mix teamwork, communication, and empathy together in a large bowl. Work together, listen to other’s ideas on how to tackle the problem, and try to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and understand how they might see the conflict or problem.

  2. Melt resilience in the microwave and mix it with persistence in a small bowl. Don’t give up, even if it’s hard, keep working towards your goal and rely on teamwork, communication, and empathy. 

  3. Crack 1 goal into the small bowl and whisk together with resilience and persistence so that you have a clear vision and a reason to keep working. Don’t get stopped by the other little challenges that pop up along the way.

  4. Add courage to the small bowl. Believe that you can overcome the challenge and reach our goal, even if it’s hard or uncomfortable. 

  5. Pour the contents of the small bowl into the large bowl and mix together until a dough forms. Make 200 small cookies to tackle the smaller challenges, like tough math problems. Make 100 big cookies to tackle the bigger challenges, like whole units of study, friendship challenges, and things that are going on at home. 

  6. Place the cookies in the oven at 325 degrees. 

  7. Cook the small cookies for 15-20 minutes. 

  8. Cook the big cookies for 25-30 minutes. 

  9. Spread commitment over the cookies and sprinkle patience. Use commitment to get things done and keep tackling challenges. Use patience so that you don’t rush through it and do it well. 

  10. Dust leadership over the cookies if desired. Use leadership if you are ready to take the lead in tackling the challenge. Use leadership at least once throughout the year! 

Use this recipe to overcome challenges successfully! 

Whip up a new batch of fifth graders…

Munger Mountain School Leaders

1 stick of español

1 stick of English

1 cup of respect, plus more for sprinkling

½ cup of curiosity

1 cup of responsibility

2 cups of wisdom

A dash of smarts

3 tablespoons of maturity

½ cup of willingness

A half-pound of capability

A ton of playfulness

Directions: To make these role models, first combine the languages, the respect, and the curiosity into your Destiny Mixer until fully mixed together and light and fluffy. To mix the languages you have to stir together different ideas in two different languages. You might also want to fold in a dose of courage and a pinch of agreement. Once the ingredients above are mixed well, take time to add the responsibility, wisdom, smarts, and maturity. These make fifth graders better decision makers. Wrap the dough in 2 miles of communication and let it rest because at this point all these ingredients need a little time to chill so the dough is easier to work with. 

Then mix again while drizzling the willingness to work hard over the whole batch. Form your fifth graders individually, blending in the half-pound of capability. Playfulness is a required ingredient in this recipe. To mix in the ton of playfulness, you have to just keep sprinkling it into the batch over and over again because playfulness makes fifth graders want to come to school to have fun with friends and to just simply play. Finally, sprinkle cookies with respect an inch deep and bake at 375 degrees of kindness for as long as it takes.

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