Introduce students in grades K through 3 to Japan! Two differentiated versions - basic and more advanced!
JAPAN! A Country Study Grades K through 3 (41 pages total, not including instructions for user) is an introduction to Japan, with realistic images included for students to really "see" and get a feel for the culture of Japan. Everything is contained in a mini booklet ready to be printed.
There is NO PREP.
There are 2 versions: a basic version and a more advanced version. Both are appropriate for lower elementary. You can choose which one you feel is best for your students no matter what grade level you teach.
THE BASIC VERSION, "MY BOOK OF JAPAN: A LITTLE COUNTRY STUDY" is a basic introduction to a Japan unit. This can serve as a wrap-up lesson after you have finished studying Japan as well. There is informational text on each page in the mini-booklet, with a word or two (usually the subject of the page) that the student must write in. At the end, there is a "reflections" page that allows for free writing. Simply print double sided (there are 5 sheets of copy paper needed per booklet), fold, and provide each student with a copy. A key is provided.
THE MORE ADVANCED VERSION, "MY BOOK OF JAPAN: A COUNTRY STUDY" is a more advanced introduction to a Japan unit. This can serve as a wrap-up lesson after you have finished studying Japan as well. There is informational text in the mini-booklet for students to read, with questions and writing opportunities for students to complete after every few pages of text. Simply print double sided (there are 7 sheets of copy paper needed per booklet), fold, and provide each student with a copy. A key is provided.
In both versions, there is also a blank map of Japan in the booklet to be completed with your guidance. We have included a short lesson with images of each step of the map as it is filled in.
Note there are coloring page opportunities within the booklet - about half of the booklet has coloring page images, and the other half has “authentic” images. We recommend colored pencils for this (markers may bleed through).
The mini booklet is organized as follows:
Table of Contents, with a page for each of the following topics:
1. A Map of Japan - to be completed with your guidance (lesson included)
2. Where is Japan?
3. The Samurai
4. The Samurai (continued)
5. The Kimono
8. Visiting a Shinto Shrine (omitted in basic version)
9. Charms of Good Fortune
10. Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day
11. Hanami, the Cherry Blossom Festival
12. Tanabata, the Star Festival
13. A Day in the Life
14. Eating in Japan
18. Hokusai (A Supplement)
WE HAVE A COUNTRY STUDY AVAILABLE FOR OLDER GRADES, TOO, FOR GRADES 3 THROUGH 8.
Notice there is some overlap for grade 3. Both of these versions allow you to choose between a simple or more detailed option for grade 3.
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