Take your students to the world from the comfort of your classroom through this Sensei-tional Virtual Excursion to Hiroshima in Japan.
Combining discussion starter photos with QR Codes, students scan the QR code after an initial introduction to the picture (observations, inferences, predictions, their own background knowledge etc). The QR may link them to further reading, small online videos or interactive experiences. Ensure that you have a free QR Code reader downloaded onto any devices that you plan to use for this activity
Sites visited via the photos with accompanying QR Codes:
*Genbaku A-Bomb Dome World Heritage Site
*Sadako Sasaki's biographical story
*How to fold an origami crane
*Hiroshima Peace Park and the Peace Flame
*Torii Gate at Itsukushima Shrine
*Okinomi-mura Hiroshima "Okonomiyaki Pancake Village"
To use this, put students into small groups of 3-4 with a device (iPad, tablet or cellular/mobile). Each group are going on a virtual visit to Hiroshima in Japan. As the photo of each location is revealed and briefly discussed/introduced (observations, inferences, predictions, student background knowledge), click to reveal the QR code for students who will then scan the it to find out more about that particular location. Each of the group members may need to read some information or view a short video about it, before answering some questions that the teacher can devise based on their students ability, strengths, interests and subject-area focus. How to tick cross-curriculum content off within one lesson (History, English, Maths and Japanese)!
With the Hiroshima anniversary coming up in early August, this can be an age-appropriate way to discuss the historical event and support any Japanese intercultural understanding or as a close study of text using the Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr.
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