Classroom Resources

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  • Developing language and culture using furoshiki

    Students learn about the history and vocabulary of furoshiki, and then try wrapping various objects.

  • 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

  • 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).

  • 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.