Japan Unit in First Grade

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  1. cutNglue

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    I'm trying to create a Unit Plan about Japan. Currently I'm in the brainstorming and resource finding mode. Some of you gave some excellent ideas about what souvenirs to buy for my family back in the states so now I turn to you again for your help.

    Currently My Ideas: (no solid lesson plans yet, just topics)
    *Geography: What is an Island? Where is Japan? Mapping Skills
    *Food: Sushi, Goyza (kid pleasing), Rice Balls, Chopsticks, Tea Ceremony
    *Clothing: Kimonos, Geta Shoes, Current Clothing, Shoes off, Bathroom Shoes (?name)
    *Arts: Origami, 1000 Cranes
    *Sports: Sumo Wrestling, Baseball, Karate
    *Holidays: Children's Day
    *School: Life in the Day of a Japanese Child
    *Language: Characters, Writing their name, example of book (direction of print, etc.), Japanese Sign Language (deaf class)
    *Deaf Culture in America and Japan: (have a contact for a guest speaker)
    *Environment: Recycling

    Books:
    How My Parents Learned to Eat
    Yoko (ate sushi for lunch, made fun of by students)
    Yoko Writes her Name
    Yoko’s Show and Tell
    Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns and Stars
    Colors of Japan
    Three Sumari Cats: A Story from Japan
    Yoko’s Paper Cranes
    Suki’s Kimono
    The Way We Do it in Japan
    I live in Tokyo
    The Paper Crane
    All About Japan: Stories, Crafts and More by Willamarie Moore
    The Oriagami Master

    I only have a few ideas about how to go about some of these lessons. Any ideas you have for fun activities, resources, etc. would be great!!
     
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  3. DizneeTeachR

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    Maybe family.... I don't see that anywhere.
    I had a friend (she's a US miltary wife now) that lived in Japan and loved showing the stamps and what not.
    Culture as well... I thought it was funny my friend was a foreign exchange student when I was in high school & she would tell me that some stuff that is cool here is not in Japan.
    Money. You don't have anything about the currency... Their currency is so neat to look at. My friend gave me a coin and I used to where it around my neck.
     
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    How many days will you spend on this unit? Sounds like you have a good start there.

    Reading your Deaf Culture in America and Japan part reminded me of when my mom was visiting my brother in Japan. They were at a train station and they ran into a girl (around my bros age) and her mom who is also deaf. My mom and her mom were able to communicate very easily through sign language.
     
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    How? JSL and ASL are nothing alike. I have met some Japanese that know ASL. When I watched JSL, I was completely lost.
     
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    This is for a class being held in Japan, right? So the children might actually be involved closely with the Japanese?

    Futons for sleeping, co-sleeping

    Oh, I don't know how hearing-impaired any of your students might be, but the difference in animal noises can be fun.

    Animal ---------- American ---------- Japanese
    Dog -------------"Woof", "Bow-wow" ---------- "Wan wan"
    Bee ---------- "Bzzzz" ---------- "Boom, boom, boom"
    Pig ---------- "Oink, oink" ---------- "Buu, buu"
    Frog ---------- "Ribbit, ribbit" ---------- "Kero, kero"
     
  7. cutNglue

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    Lol. Nope, not for students in Japan. For students in America. It's just for a college class. Those animal sounds crack me up though!

    I think I have enough. I didn't think about the sleeping. I bet it is in one of the books that just talks about life in Japan (from a kid's point of view).
     
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    A comparison of children's lives in Japan and USA. 'Maybe a Day In the Life' type of thing.
     
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    You could add Kendo to the Japanese sports.
     
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    You can add floral design to the art section, they call it Ikebana
     

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