Japanese Tea Bowl Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about Japanese Tea Bowls. Students will answer questions, discover the importance and history of the tea bowls, and create their own tea bowls.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on Japanese Tea Bowls, students will be able to:

  • Cite evidence when answering questions about the text.
  • Recall information about the significance and history of tea bowls.
  • Create a Japanese tea bowl.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


  • aristocrats
  • chanoyu
  • chasen
  • chashaku
  • chawan
  • hiragana
  • karatsu ware
  • matcha
  • raku ware
  • samurai
  • shino ware
  • suri-nari
  • tsutsu-gata
  • wa-nari
  • warlords


  • Copies of quiz
  • Copies of the lessons
  • Photographs of Japanese tea bowls and tools
  • Clay
  • Rolling pins
  • Plastic knives
  • Toothpicks
  • Glaze
  • Paintbrushes
  • Chashaku
  • Chasen
  • Matcha
  • Water

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Pre-teach vocabulary words to students.
  • Read Japanese Tea Bowls: Designs & History as a class, and discuss the following questions:
    • Describe a chawan.
    • What tools are used during a Japanese tea ceremony?
    • Retell the history of ritual preparation of tea.
    • How have Japanese tea bowls changed over time?
    • Compare raku ware, shino ware, and karatsu ware.
    • What do all Japanese tea bowls have in common?
    • How does the tea bowl affect the tea-drinking experience?
    • How do tea bowls change based on the season?
    • Compare a wa-nari bowl to a suri-nari bowl.
    • Compare a tsutsu-gata bowl to a hiragana bowl.
  • Pass out the printable worksheet. Have students complete the questions independently, then check the answers together.


Make Japanese Tea Bowls

Materials: Copies of lesson, photographs of Japanese tea bowls and tools, clay, rolling pin, plastic knives, toothpicks, glaze, paintbrushes

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