Journey to japan primary2005


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Presentation given at education conference about my experience as a participant in the Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship Program in October 2004.

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Journey to japan primary2005

  1. 1. Journey to Japan Bringing Cultural Understanding to Your Classroom Sarah Shivler The Summit Preparatory School Springfield, MO [email_address]
  2. 2. Planning for Success! <ul><li>How long will your unit be? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Few weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Month or longer </li></ul></ul>With as much information that is available, I would recommend at least a few weeks time.
  3. 3. Who will your unit involve? <ul><li>Your Classroom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students, students & families </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your Grade Level </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each class taking responsibility for a portion of the unit and rotating rooms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your Building </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hosting an evening for the entire school that focuses on the Japanese culture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Invite guests from your area to share any personal experiences or traditional customs </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What is your goal? <ul><li>Are you wanting to develop a deep understanding of the Japanese? </li></ul><ul><li>Does this just sound like another fun theme or unit? </li></ul><ul><li>Ask: “What do I want to accomplish by doing this?” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Gather Resources & Research! <ul><li>Utilize your local library for books, videos, educational kits, maps, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Sister cities associations </li></ul><ul><li>Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Scholarship participants </li></ul><ul><li>Internet! </li></ul><ul><li>U.S./Japanese Embassy </li></ul><ul><li>Former residents or visitors of Japan </li></ul>
  6. 6. Bringing It All Together <ul><li>Divide the information into categories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clothing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fine Arts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Home Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Festivals </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Get Creative! Dream Big!
  8. 8. Passport to Learning <ul><li>Begin the journey with a student passport </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Name and grade </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Birthdate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Photo </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blank pages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Response pages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ entry” stamps in passport (stickers) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Share the Culture
  10. 10. Make it Come Alive <ul><li>The best way for the children to learn a new culture is to experience it! </li></ul><ul><li>Make your lessons activity based, not just sharing or telling (even w/ pictures & artifacts) </li></ul>
  11. 11. My Plan of Action <ul><li>Locate Japan on a globe & compare it to where you live. </li></ul><ul><li>Read stories: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How My Parents Learned to Eat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tea with Milk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crow Boy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Japan ABC’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yoko </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Counting Your Way Through Japan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suki’s Kimono </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Surround with Senses <ul><li>Incorporate music into your lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to music in response to how the Japanese relate their music and art to nature </li></ul><ul><li>Bring textiles or artifacts for the children to hold: kimono, fans, wooden dolls, ceramics, bamboo </li></ul>
  13. 13. More Senses . . . <ul><li>Smelling & tasting traditional Japanese foods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sushi, noodles, Pocky, green tea (hot or cold), sticky rice, seaweed, rice crackers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit an Asian Supermarket for other food items and many household items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Order from the internet: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Seeing it all, sharing it all . . .
  15. 15. Making it Come Alive . . . Activities to enrich the learning experience
  16. 16. Traditions <ul><li>Gather information about the culture and traditions of this Asian country. </li></ul><ul><li>Share artifacts or pictures of artifacts with the goal of sharing the “why” factor of each item. (Borrow items) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Helpful Hints . . . <ul><li>After locating Japan on the map I like to share items from that country: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to peak the interest of my class. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I can gather information about what aspects of the Japanese culture my students want to learn. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to start any dialogue and discussion. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less formal way of presenting information and facts. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Traditional Fans <ul><li>History of the fan </li></ul><ul><li>What kinds were used in the past </li></ul><ul><li>What kinds are used now </li></ul><ul><li>What images are found on fans . . . Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Make their own fan. Be artists! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Festival Celebrations <ul><li>Discover festivals or celebrations of Japanese culture. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recreate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make decorations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learn customs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Become the culture </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. More Festivals . . . <ul><li>Festivals are a natural way to bring in the culture of Japan. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good for short time periods – focus on that specific event </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduces celebrations, dress, music, food, religion and more! </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. School Life <ul><li>Set-up of school levels </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum; English, math, arts, music, calligraphy, Japanese, science </li></ul><ul><li>Clubs; after school activities </li></ul><ul><li>Juku; prep for tests </li></ul>
  22. 22. Home Life <ul><li>Collapse an 8 foot table and lay it on top of 2 milk crates. </li></ul><ul><li>Put straw mats on the floor to portray tatami mats. </li></ul><ul><li>Add thin cushions (chair pads) to the floor. </li></ul><ul><li>Use sushi dishes and chopsticks for pretend. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Theater and Arts <ul><li>Share information from the internet about Noh Theatre, Kabuki and Kyogen. </li></ul><ul><li>Make masks to resemble the ones used in their productions. </li></ul><ul><li>Show traditional dress for Japanese Dance. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Food <ul><li>Bring in authentic Japanese food from specialty stores or international aisle at supermarket. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sushi </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Noodles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Miso Soup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Tea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ginger/Wasabi </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Life of a Child <ul><li>Anime or Manga </li></ul><ul><li>Games; tops, yo-yo, “jacks” w/ tiny rice bags, catch the ball, knock the block </li></ul><ul><li>Sports; baseball, soccer, martial arts </li></ul><ul><li>Video games </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phones </li></ul>
  26. 26. An Evening Celebration <ul><li>Set-up using centers with the same areas used for lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Have an activity for each station or center (we had one per room) </li></ul><ul><li>Passports: Give as they enter building and have them stamped or stickered at each station </li></ul><ul><li>Family Photos: Set-up a photo area with kimonos for families to dress-up and have a digital picture taken </li></ul><ul><li>Recreate atmosphere: music, fish windsocks, lanterns, white lights, fans, origami, paper umbrellas, cherry blossoms </li></ul>
  27. 27. Make it authentic!
  28. 28. Make it Memorable!
  29. 29. Other Resources: <ul><li>www enchantedlearning com </li></ul><ul><li>www japan-guide com </li></ul><ul><li>www abcteach com </li></ul><ul><li>www buildabear com </li></ul><ul><li>http:// /kidsweb </li></ul><ul><li>There are NO spaces in these addresses. Place a period after the www and before the com. Remove the spaces from web-japan. </li></ul>
  30. 30. And More . . . <ul><li>www origami com </li></ul><ul><li>www origami-usa org </li></ul><ul><li>www paperfolding com </li></ul><ul><li>www holidayfestival com/Japan </li></ul><ul><li>www ccm org (Japan: Through the Eyes of a Child) </li></ul><ul><li>www us-japan org/dc/education/suitcase.html </li></ul><ul><li>Again, no spaces. Add periods. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Books: <ul><li>I Live in Tokyo </li></ul><ul><li>Jimi’s Book of Japanese </li></ul><ul><li>Look What Came From Japan </li></ul><ul><li>Japan: Many Cultures, One World </li></ul><ul><li>A True Book: Japan </li></ul><ul><li>Japan ABC’s </li></ul><ul><li>Three Samuri Cats </li></ul><ul><li>Crow Boy </li></ul><ul><li>Yoko </li></ul><ul><li>Where Are You Going? To See My Friend </li></ul><ul><li>How My Parents Learned to Eat </li></ul><ul><li>Count Your Way Through Japan </li></ul><ul><li>The Bicycle Man (also Rdg. Rainbow video) </li></ul><ul><li>The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks </li></ul><ul><li>Umbrella </li></ul><ul><li>A Day in Japan </li></ul>
  32. 32. First Graders Discover Japan!
  33. 33. Activity Ideas: <ul><li>Paint your own fan: Students use nature as inspiration for design </li></ul><ul><li>Calligraphy Writing with Japanese characters </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese Language Intro </li></ul><ul><li>Mt. Fuji paintings </li></ul><ul><li>Interpret their music through art </li></ul><ul><li>Learn and practice etiquette of country </li></ul><ul><li>Wear flip-flops for the day </li></ul><ul><li>Eat lunch with chopsticks </li></ul><ul><li>Read Japan related books </li></ul>
  34. 34. Culture Boxes <ul><li>Compile plastic sweater boxes with items from Japan: anime, yo-yo, tops, recipes, photos, books, Yen, kimono, chopsticks, activity sheets, Hello Kitty, Pokemon, DragonBall Z, silk cherry blossom stem, and response journal. </li></ul>
  35. 35. More Photos from the Net!
  36. 36. Are you excited yet?
  37. 37. Japanese Clip-Art