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Sumo Quiz

Students can learn about basic vocabulary,the origins and rules of sumo through quiz.

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.

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.

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.

Regional Specialities of Japan

Students complete an information gap task while they practise grammar involving how places seem/appear. The topic is major Japanese cities’ special attractions.

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.

Manga: Bumbuku Chagama

Students read a simple version of the folktale in a manga format and answer 3 questions on the story and themes. Students are introduced to the “tanuki” and learn a Japanese song with 4 animal names and sounds (こぶた、たぬき、きつね、ねこ).

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.

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.

Board Game: House

Students compete in teams to be the first to reach the top of the house. Teams advance by answering questions correctly and also creating sentences about the rooms they pass through.

Grand Prix Quiz: House

Students form teams to answer questions about a Japanese house. They choose the room they wish to answer a question on and points are awarded if they answer correctly.

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.

Manga: Ikkyu san

Students learn about the historical figure Ikkyuusan by reading a manga created using very simple Japanese.

Art Speaks Japanese

The Japanese Collection at the Art Gallery is used as a stimulus for students to learn about Japanese culture and also read and create Japanese texts.

Sumo Wrestling Game

Students create their own cardboard sumo wrestler and play against one another by tapping on their side of the ring.
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