Saturday, November 3, 2018
Classes held between 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Japan In A Suitcase I - Kindergarten and Grade 1 (40 minute class)
The class begins by teaching students simple Japanese greetings. Next, they are shown enlarged photos of roads in Japan and the U.S. with people driving on opposite sides of the street as an example of something that is done differently in a different place. Puppets are used to demonstrate animal sounds in different countries, and teach various gestures used in Japan. Then students explore items in the suitcase which include artifiacts used by Japanese elementary school children such as a school backpack (randoseru), indoor shoes (uwabaki), and textbooks (kyoukasho). The class ends by teaching the students the song “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in Japanese.
Japan In A Suitcase II - Grades 2 and 3 (45 minute class)
Students start by learning simple Japanese greetings. Then they are shown photos of McDonald’s Restaurants in Hawaii and Japan as an example of something they are familiar with which may not be the same elsewhere. Then students explore items from the suitcase and posters that reveal aspects of Japanese elementary schools such as a timetable and bento box, as well as from the community such as yen (Japanese currency) and traditional Japanese clothing. Time allowing, students will play the popular children’s game, Jan Ken Po, in the Japanese style.
Japan In A Suitcase III - Grades 4 and 5 (60 minute class)
After introductions and greetings, the students will compare a Japan-centered and a U.S.-centered world map to show that people see or depict things differently depending on where they are from. Students then have an opportunity to explore various school items (calligraphy set, P.E. uniforms, and more) in small groups. Following this exploration period, each group presents their items to the class for further discussion. The class is ended with a slideshow on school life in Japan.