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Ch 1: Japanese Art & Music Lesson Plans

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Create a comprehensive Japanese art and music syllabus with this series of teacher resources. You can access these mobile-friendly lesson plans at any time to develop your lessons, engage your students with class activities and supplement your Japanese art and music curriculum.

Japanese Art & Music Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This collection of supplemental teaching resources is designed to help educators plan engaging lessons about Japanese music and art. Inside the chapter, you'll find detailed lesson plans that go over the history of calligraphy and origami, as well as Gagaku instruments and the characteristics of Japanese music. The chapter also includes fun Japanese music games that you can use in class to further engage your students in the study of Japanese music.

The chapter includes interactive quizzes that you can use to make sure you're ready to teach these lessons to your students. You can also assign the quizzes as homework assignments and use the lessons to supplement your instruction.

How It Helps

  • Class activities: Engages students with fun Japanese music games
  • Curriculum standards: Make sure your Japanese art and music lessons cover essential information about their history and characteristics
  • Additional resources: The lessons in the chapter can also function as supplemental in-class teaching tools

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning Japanese art and music lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific Japanese art and music topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your Japanese art and music class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related Japanese art and music lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important Japanese art and music concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant Japanese art and music activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

30 Lessons in Chapter 1: Japanese Art & Music Lesson Plans
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Origami Lesson Plan

1. Origami Lesson Plan

What is origami? A text lesson provides a definition and history for students and an activity allows them to see for themselves. Related lessons and activities are provided for future instruction.

History of Origami

2. History of Origami

Once known as orikata, origami is the delicate art of Japanese paper folding. This lesson explores the origins, early history, and evolution of origami as an art form.

Japanese Calligraphy Lesson Plan

3. Japanese Calligraphy Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the ancient art of Japanese calligraphy. A text lesson explains the history of the art and its purpose and shows examples from famous artists. Students ask and answer questions before applying knowledge to an activity.

Japanese Calligraphy: Art, Symbols & History

4. Japanese Calligraphy: Art, Symbols & History

Did you know that writing can also be an art form? In Japan, it is. In this lesson, learn about the art and history of Japanese calligraphy and get an introduction to its distinctive symbols.

Japanese Music Lesson Plan

5. Japanese Music Lesson Plan

What is unique about Japanese music? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline Japanese music for students and an activity geared toward analysis allows students to demonstrate mastery.

Gagaku: Music & Instruments

6. Gagaku: Music & Instruments

Gagaku, Japanese court music, has existed for centuries. We will learn about the traditions and instruments that constitute this colorful, evocative art form.

Japanese Music Games

7. Japanese Music Games

Japanese music has such a long and storied history; it's difficult to find it uninteresting. This lesson gives teachers ideas for classroom games intended to teach students about Japanese music.

Anime Lesson Plan

8. Anime Lesson Plan

Anime is an entertaining form of art that has descended from Japanese culture. Your students will learn about anime as they read a text lesson, watch short clips of anime and create their own anime.

Anime: History & Style

9. Anime: History & Style

In this lesson, explore an entertainment phenomenon that started a century ago: anime! Discover its history and the evolution of the techniques used. Also, learn about the main characteristics of anime and some of its genres.

Gyotaku Lesson Plan

10. Gyotaku Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to explore the Japanese art form of gyotaku. They will learn about the history and methods of this art form, and they'll practice it themselves.

Gyotaku Art: History & Technique

11. Gyotaku Art: History & Technique

Can you use a real fish to make artwork? Does it make a mess, and what kind of materials do you need? In this lesson, explore the Japanese art of gyotaku.

Japanese Brush Painting Lesson Plan

12. Japanese Brush Painting Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will explore the aesthetics and ideologies of Japanese brush painting. They will apply their knowledge to their own original compositions.

Japanese Brush Painting: Techniques & History

13. Japanese Brush Painting: Techniques & History

Have you ever tried to create beautiful lines with a single brushstroke? Can you paint in one color? In this lesson, explore the history and techniques of Japanese brush painting.

Japanese Carp Kites Lesson Plan

14. Japanese Carp Kites Lesson Plan

Japanese carp kites are beautiful pieces of art. With this lesson plan, a text lesson explains the history and purpose of the kites, a game reinforces concepts, and a hands-on activity gives them a chance to show understanding.

Japanese Carp Kites: History & Meaning

15. Japanese Carp Kites: History & Meaning

Have you ever seen colorful kites shaped like a fish? Did you know that this fish has special meaning in Japanese culture? In this lesson explore the history and significance of Japanese carp kites.

Japanese Kimono Art Lesson Plan

16. Japanese Kimono Art Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the art of Japanese textile design. The lesson includes a study of the different styles of kimono textile creation and a simple resist dyeing project.

Japanese Notan Lesson Plan

17. Japanese Notan Lesson Plan

As you teach your class about Japanese art, consider using this lesson to introduce the notan style of art. In this lesson, students will compare notan to other styles of art and create a notan painting and notan-inspired kirigami snowflake.

Japanese Notan: Artists, History & Designs

18. Japanese Notan: Artists, History & Designs

How do artists decide where to place elements in an artwork. How do they use light and dark tones for effect? In this lesson, explore a Japanese art concept called notan and learn how artists use it in their works.

Japanese Tanka Poetry Lesson Plan

19. Japanese Tanka Poetry Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the purpose and form of tanka poetry. They will then compose their own tanka poems individually.

Japanese Folktales Lesson Plan

20. Japanese Folktales Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about Japanese Folktales. Students will answer questions about a text and retell some well-known tales.

Japanese Folktales: History & Examples

21. Japanese Folktales: History & Examples

In this lesson, you will explore the influences and history of Japanese folktales. You will also see some examples of Japan's most famous folktales, including the tales of Momotaro and the tongue-cut sparrow.

Japanese Art Lesson Plan

22. Japanese Art Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will learn about some key historical types of Japanese art. They will express their learning by creating their own artwork using the themes and forms discussed in the lesson.

Japanese Art: Types & Styles

23. Japanese Art: Types & Styles

From ancient ceramic sculptures to painted silk scrolls and colorful woodblock prints, Japanese art is made in many ways. In this lesson, learn about the various types and styles.

History of Japanese Art

24. History of Japanese Art

Take a journey in time and explore over 12,000 years of Japanese art history. In this lesson, learn about the different periods of Japanese art history and examine some of the arts that developed during each one.

Japanese Tea Bowl Lesson Plan

25. Japanese Tea Bowl Lesson Plan

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.

Japanese Tea Bowls: Designs & History

26. Japanese Tea Bowls: Designs & History

Do you like tea? Did you know that the Japanese have special bowls for tea? In this lesson, learn about the history of Japanese tea bowls and explore different designs.

Japanese Tea Ceremony Lesson Plan

27. Japanese Tea Ceremony Lesson Plan

Use this lesson to help students understand the history and steps of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Students will create a flow chart of the ceremony's steps and re-enact the ceremony in small groups using various props.

Japanese Tea Ceremony: History & Steps

28. Japanese Tea Ceremony: History & Steps

In this lesson, we are going to discover the delicacy and protocol behind one of the most important Japanese ceremonies: The Tea Ceremony. Learn about the origins and history of this ritual, as well as the steps performed before, during, and after the ceremony.

Japanese Cultural Activities

29. Japanese Cultural Activities

The Japanese culture is rich and strong. The activities offered in this asset will engage your mid- to upper elementary students in their exploration of many aspects of Japanese culture. Group and individual activities are provided.

Japanese Doll Festival Activities

30. Japanese Doll Festival Activities

The Japanese Doll Festival, also known as Hinamatsuri, is an important holiday celebrated on March 3 of each year. Use these activities in your middle or high school classroom to expand student's knowledge of the holiday.

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