JAPAN: Exploring the Culture of Japan Bundle

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    Take an in-depth look at the symbols, language, geography, and traditions of Japan—at a savings of 25%—with the books, activities, and poster in the Exploring the Culture of Japan Bundle.

    Book Resources Included:

    • Snapshots of Japan introduces the location, national flag, cultural symbols, and landmarks of Japan, along with common phrases in Japanese.
    • Introduce the native language with Learn to Count in Japanese, a book that features fun facts, traceable number words, and a Kanji character writing activity.
    • Follow-up with Our Colorful World in Japanese, a mini coloring book that includes a color chart.

    Cross-Curricular Activities Included:

    • Japanese Kamon Symbols describes the family crest called a kamon, used by most families in Japan, and includes a space for children to design their own family symbol.
    • Japanese Kanji Writing teaches children how to write the names of colors in Kanji symbols.
    • Mapping Japan highlights the four main islands and the famous bullet train system.
    • Sadako and the 1,000 Cranes is a fill-in-the-blank activity that tells the true story of a young girl who inspired a worldwide peace movement.
    • Symbols of Japan is an 11 x 17 inch poster that illustrates six cultural symbols with colorful photographs.
    • The World’s Oldest Fish features Hanako, the legendary koi that lived to be 226 years old.

    Japanese Words and Phrases: (includes phonetic pronunciations)

    arigato (thank you),hai (yes), ie(no), kon’nichiwa (hello), nori (seaweed), onegai (please), sakuru (cherry tree), sayonara (goodbye), Senbazuru (1,000 cranes), plus color and number names

    Additional Vocabulary Words and Phrases:

    archipelago, Asia, bonsai, cultivate, fictional, Hiragana, Kabuki, kamon, Kanji, Katakana, koi, legend, legendary, lifespan, loyalty, matcha, monument, Mount Fuji, Nippon, origami, passport, ritual, sumo, sushi, Torii, verify

    Targeted Skills:

    • Promoting respect and appreciation for cultural differences
    • Identifying national and cultural symbols of Japan
    • Learning number words in Japanese
    • Writing number words in Japanese Kanji characters
    • Learning color names in Japanese
    • Writing color names using Kanji symbols
    • Reading a map and using a compass rose
    • Creating a family Kamon crest
    • Using context clues to complete a sentence
    • Critical thinking skills of comparing and contrasting
    • Building content-area literacy in social studies
    • Reading fluency and comprehension

    Sample Pages: Please see the preview for sample pages from the bundle. To view additional images, click on the thumbnails listed above.

    Technical Info: The resources are in PDF format, combined into a single zip file, and illustrated with original, high-resolution images and/or photographs.


    Related Resources:

    Exploring the Culture of China

    Exploring the Culture of India

    Flags Around the World

    Flags Around the World Book/Activity Bundle

    The Christmas Pickle (Surprising Traditions from Around the World)

    Countries/Languages Currently Available in the Exploring Our World bundle series:

    Brazil (Portuguese), China (Chinese), Egypt (Arabic), France (French), Ghana (Twi), India (Hindi), Israel (Hebrew), Italy (Italian), Japan (Japanese), Kenya (Swahili), Mexico (Spanish), Russia (Russian)


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