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Sensei-tional Virtual Excursion: Hiroshima in Japan - Sample

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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

For this sample QR activity, have your students in small groups of 3-4. If you have ever read Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes story, you may use this as a precursor/discussion starter. You could ask students to talk about what they see in the picture (it is paper cranes folded to create a larger artwork/installation promoting peace). When they scan the QR code, it will take them to a YouTube clip (nearly 4 mins) of showing them how to fold an origami paper crane. Turns an origami lesson from being teacher-centred into student-centred, as students can work through folding cranes using the video clip. For this part of the lesson, you may need to bring in some origami paper, maths square paper or show students how to create a square from an rectangular piece of paper. 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 close study of text using the Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr.

This product is a sample from the "Sensei-tional Virtual Excursion: Hiroshima in Japan". (6 site excursion using QR codes)

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