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Let’s Go to the Zoo!

This resource is a newly revised version of the Big Book in a PPT format. Students make a virtual visit to the zoo, using Japanese as they go around the zoo and talk to/about the animals.

Taiko and the rhythm of Japanese

Students learn about the rhythm of Japanese focusing on haku (mora). In activities using their hands, feet drums etc. students become familiar with the pronunciation of Japanese words.

Play: The Big Turnip

This play, based on a Russian folktale, comes from a collection of plays and skits created by the ACT Japanese teachers’ group for use in their primary and junior secondary classrooms. Students work cooperatively in groups or as a class to prepare and perform the play for their classmates or at a school event.

Play: Omusubi Kororin

This play, based on a Japanese folktale, comes from a collection of plays and skits created by the ACT Japanese teachers’ group for use in their primary and junior secondary classrooms. Students work cooperatively in groups or as a class to prepare and perform the play for their classmates or at a school event.

Quiz: Japanese Food

Students learn about Japanese language and culture through a quiz-style slideshow, which contains multiple choice questions with visual cues. Question and answer slides are followed by an explanatory slide which gives context and detail.

Play: The Boys and the Dango

This play, based on an old Japanese story, comes from a collection of plays and skits created by the ACT Japanese teachers’ group for use in their primary and junior secondary classrooms. Students work cooperatively in groups or as a class to prepare and perform the play for their classmates or at a school event.This story came from a NSW Dept of Education and Training School Magazine.

Play: The Little Red Hen

This play, based on a folktale, comes from a collection of plays and skits created by the ACT Japanese teachers’ group for use in their primary and junior secondary classrooms. Students work cooperatively in groups or as a class to prepare and perform the play for their classmates or at a school event.

Food Flowchart Activity

Students work their way through a flowchart full of questions about their eating habits. At the end, they reach a piece of advice.

Play: Rabbit’s Present

Students act out this children’s story which can be easily understood by an audience with or without knowledge of Japanese. The play can be used by students not only in the classroom but also as a presentation for a school event. There are 8 parts.

Using Flash Cards

Students can learn new vocabulary and play various games using the flashcards which cover many topics.

Omusubi Activity

Students learn about the traditional Japanese food, omusubi, by learning how they are made and the popular fillings used. They answer questions in Japanese and read in hiragana the procedure for making them.

Skit: Strange Restaurant

Students prepare a restaurant skit in groups of 3. The skit takes place at a small Japanese restaurant called じゃあね. The waiter/waitress is new and makes a lot of mistakes taking orders, which is annoying to the customers

Boardgame: Konbini

Students play a boardgame in groups where they have to make their way around a Japanese convenience store. The winner makes it to the EXIT first.

Guess the Konbini Item

Students try to guess the konbini item by listening to the clues read out by the teacher. Students compete in teams to try and win the most items.

Japanese Obentoo Activities

Students look at photos, video and a song to learn about the components of obentoo.They can also make a virtual obento using the link to the Erin site.

Creating a Restaurant Menu

Students look at a Japanese menu and discuss Japanese food. They may also proceed to a role play which takes place in a restaurant.
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