LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF JAPAN! PERFECT FOR GRADES K THRU 2!
The Ginkgo tree is a "living fossil" that can live for over a thousand years. The tree is personified as the narrator of the history of Japan who has witnessed the evolution of the country. Key concepts include the importance of rice production, samurai warriors and their warrior code known as "bushido", Japan as a closed society, and current events such as World War II.
This interactive lesson (33 pages total) introduces students to the history of Japan from the first settlers to the present day from the perspective of the ancient Ginkgo tree. The entire lesson consists of three parts:
1. A LESSON presented in a slideshow format with PowerPoint images that accompany each part of the lesson.
2.A NO PREP GINKGO TREE CRAFT that is a fun, engaging way to reinforce important terms and concepts in Japanese history. Craft is interactively made as each step of the lesson is presented.
3. A NO PREP READY TO PRINT MINI-BOOKLET that reinforces key terms introduced in the lesson and in the corresponding Ginkgo Tree Craft. Each page of the mini-booklet references one of these terms, gives a brief definition, and allows for a coloring opportunity to engage the student. At the end of the booklet, there is a "reflections" page that allows for free writing.
Printables are provided for the craft (one for the Ginkgo tree, one for its leaves) and for the pages of the mini-booklet.
Materials needed per student include one sheet of white letter-size paper, one sheet of yellow or white standard size copy paper, and 7 sheets of white standard size copy paper for every 2 mini-booklets. Pens/pencils, crayons/colored pencils, and glue/glue sticks also needed.
WANT MORE LESSONS ON JAPAN?
Try our bundle! GET THREE LESSONS IN ONE, ALL ON JAPAN.
Bundle includes a country study, a lesson about the samurai in feudal Japan, and a look at Kodomo no Hi (Children's Day).
Or, take a look at our individual lessons:
Japan! A Country Study Grades 3 - 8
Japan! A Country Study Grades K - 3
Japan! Hanami, Cherry Blossom Festival
Japan! Kamishibai Storytelling, Tell the Story of Haichiko
Japan! Kodomo no Hi, or Children's Day Festival
Japan! The Geisha
Japan! The Samurai
The History of Japan as Told by the Ancient Gingko Tree Grades 3 - 5
The History of Japan as Told by the Ancient Gingko Tree Grades K - 2
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