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Fujisan

Students work through a series of activities on the theme of Mt Fuji with a focus on the environment and significant world heritage sites.

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: Hanasaka Jiisan

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.

Play: Kasajizoo

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.

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.

Play: The Oni’s Bride

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.This story came from a NSW Dept of Education and Training School Magazine.

Play: Tanabata

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.

Play: Taketori Monogatari

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.

Play: Sarukani Gassen

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.

Play: Kobutori Jiisan

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.

Play: Momotaroo

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.

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: Ikkyusan

This play, based on the true story of a famous boy monk, 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: 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.

Survey Quiz Show

Students participate in a game show (like the old show “Family Feud”) where they guess how people responded to a survey.

Play: Cinderella

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 9 parts.

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.

Play: Seven Goats

Students practise and perform the short play しちひきのこやぎ which has a cast of 9 players, including 7 “kids” (child goats), the kids’ mother and a wolf.

Skit: The Big Turnip

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 9 parts.

Play: The Juunishi Story

Students act out this story about the origin of the Juunishi (Chinese/Japanese zodiac). The play can be used by students not only in the classroom but also as a presentation for a school event. There are 15 parts.

Play: The Twin Millionaires and the Straw

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 in the classroom or as a presentation for a school event. There are 12 parts.

Skit: Ninja Rescue

Students act out this childrens' 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 9 parts.

Role Play: Japanese Tea

Students work in groups of four to write a script and role play a difficult situation involving some bad tasting tea! Julie doesn’t wish to offend her Japanese hosts so she distracts them with questions about their house.

Creation of Japan: Myth

Students read a manga about the myth of Japan’s creation and answer some questions on the text in English.

Manga: Sarukani Gassen

Students read the manga of the story of Sarukani gassen. They can then perform the skit or use it as a base for discussion on the theme of revenge. This story is known to all Japanese children; the tale of the battle between the monkey and the crab.

Skit: Hello Mr Lucky! Game Show

Students prepare a TV show skit where they practise introducing themselves and answering about their favourite fruit (or other category). There are 4 people per group.

Skit: Koala at Customs

Students prepare and perform a funny, short (1 page) skit that takes place in Japan. There are two parts: the Passenger and the Officer. The passenger is found to have concealed a live koala in their bag.

Skit: Lost Pet

Students practice and perform a 2 person skit where a frantic person comes running into the RSPCA office desperately trying to find a missing pet. The officers try to help the owner as s/he describes the pet.

Skit: Make a Japanese TV Commercial

Students choose/create a product that will be promoted in their TV advertisement. Students work in teams to write and rehearse the ad. They can use the samples given or create their own. This activity could begin by viewing some Japanese commercials on the internet.

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

Skit: The Whole Family is Sick

Students perform the sick family skit multiple times according to the Director’s instructions. He makes them do it “slower”, “faster”, “scarier” etc. There are 7 parts, including the Director.

Role Play: Asking for the Phone Number

By ringing directory assistance to get a telephone number, students practice greetings for telephone conversations, asking for and giving telephone numbers and asking for information to be repeated.

Skit: Tanabata

Students perform a short skit about the origins of the Tanabata Festival held in July. The skit emphasises the months and how the lovers can only meet once a year.

Manga: Taketori Monogatari

Students read the manga of the story of Kaguyahime. There are tasks to complete and discussion questions. They can also perform the skit or use it as a base for discussion on its themes and the topic of fairy tales.
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