The in depth study of Japan will accomplish several goals. It will help students gain a greater appreciation for cultures other than their own. It will also allow students to satisfy and grow their curiosity about the world in which they live. This unit will also help students dispel common stereotypes about Japan and create opportunities for making comparisons between American culture and Japanese culture.
The individual lessons will integrate the areas of science, math, language arts, social studies, and the fine arts. Students will learn about Japanese culture as it relates to their own, Japanese art forms, traditional Japanese poetry and folk tales, and an example of extreme weather that is unique to Japan. These lessons will help reinforce basic academic skills such as symmetry, elements of a story, weather pattern, syllables, comparative reasoning, writing for different purposes, and pro-social behavior.
*** This unit includes 10 lesson plans. The lessons are easily tailored to multiple grade levels, even though some were initially designed for 1st or 3rd grade. Most lessons are aligned to CCSS, however some are aligned to Arkansas Frameworks Standards. These should be easy to apply to your own state's requirements!