Japanese Culture ESL Lesson Plan

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

This lesson is focused on helping students learn about Japanese culture. Students will create hula hoop Venn diagrams to compare Japanese culture to their own culture and make koinobori kites and cards to celebrate Children's Day.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify and describe aspects of Japanese culture
  • compare and contrast Japanese culture and their own culture(s)

Length

1.5-2 hours

Materials

  • Map of Japan
  • Picture book about Japanese culture (Suggested titles: My First Book of Japanese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book of Japanese Language and Culture by Michelle Haney Brown; I Live in Tokyo by Mari Takabayashi; The Way We Do It in Japan by Geneva Cobb Iijima)
  • Hula hoops
  • Index cards
  • Construction paper
  • String
  • Picture of carp kites

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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