Classroom Resources

Japanese traditional patterns

Students work through a series of activities based on the theme of Japanese traditional patterns

Level: Primary, Junior_Secondary

How to use the resource.

This unit of work comprises a PPT presentation and a series of worksheets to be used with the PPT. The worksheets can be downloaded as a whole unit, or separately by activity, and the activities are matched with the corresponding PPT slides indicated by あ~さ.


Activity 1: What is もんよう?

Students learn about Japanese traditional patterns.



Activity 2: Shapes and colours

Students learn shapes and colours in Japanese traditional patterns.


Activity 3: Meaning of the patterns

Students find out what traditional patterns signify in Japanese culture.



Activity 4: Finding traditional patterns

Students explore Japanese traditional patterns in Japanese everyday life.


Activity 5: Comparing with Aboriginal paintings


Activity 6: Suggested assessment tasks



Step 1 :
Students research patterns from different cultures and discuss in groups.

Step 2 :
Students read a passage and underline the words which they will change to write their own.

Step 3 :
Students design their own patterns and describe.

Extra activity

Students create a bilingual book of Japanese patterns