I’ve been teaching grades 3rd – 7th for over 12 years now and I’ve been doing hands-on learning projects and notebooks with my students almost from the beginning of my career. However, it wasn’t until recently that I discovered there’s a name for what I have been doing for over a decade – Interactive Student Notebooks. I did some research and discovered to my delight and surprise that there is a whole teaching philosophy behind it. Who knew? So, I made a commitment to making some adjustments to my lessons to align with the ISN methodology and I really enjoyed the even greater success my students experienced as a result!
I’ve compiled some of my most successful lessons for history and share them with my TpT community of teachers. Here is my unit for Middle Ages (Medieval) Japan ideal for 5th – 9th grades. This is NOT simply a product full of templates and organizers.
You will find that all of the lessons and pages in my notebooks are truly interactive, not just worksheets to color and glue into notebooks. Here you will find some of my student’s favorite foldable projects that cover the following lessons:
Each of the 12 lessons plus 2 bonus lessons (and over 150 pages!) includes photos of the finished product, teacher’s notes, detailed teacher’s instructions (with many photos), and student pages (templates). You will find that all of the information needed to begin teaching these concepts is in here. This is NOT simply a product full of templates and organizers that require hours of research and prep time - I have included all of that information for you! I have also included many differentiated versions of each lesson to help you meet the needs of all your students from challenge to at risk.
In the preview you file, you will also find a table of contents and several sample pages of a lesson. I’ve included the Common Core alignment for grades 5-8 and included these in the preview file as well.
Here is what’s included:
Lesson 01 – Unit Key Vocabulary
Lesson 02 – Japan Geography
Lesson 03 – Cultural Diffusion
Lesson 04 – Feudal Japan
Lesson 05 – Heian Period/Golden Age of Japan
Lesson 06 – Japan’s Warrior (Samurai) Class System
Lesson 07 – Bushido Code/Samurai Value System
Lesson 08 – Japanese Warriors (Samurai, Ninja, & Sumo)
Lesson 09 – Samurai Weapons, Armor, & Training
Lesson 10 - Religion in Japan (Shintoism, Zen Buddhism, & Japanese Tea Ceremony)
Lesson 11 – Mongolian (Chinese) Invasion of Japan
Lesson 12 - Arrival of Europeans & Japanese Isolationism
Bonus Lesson 1 – Tanaka Poetry
Bonus Lesson 2 – Japanese Geisha
Everything that you see in the preview thumbnail pictures is included in this notebook, ready to teach in your classroom right away. As always, if you have any questions about this product or using this product, I am continuously seeking to improve the quality of my materials. Every effort has been made to make this unit error free. Should you find any errors, please contact me. I will ensure that you receive a corrected copy. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
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