Author Daneille Snowden

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When I was 7 years old I was born again! Five years later, the Lord filled me with His Holy Spirit and called me out to serve in full time service in the ministry. My heart is missions and a longing to love people into God's Kingdom.
I love to teach God's Word, pray with people and write. 
Soon, we are hoping our Jesus opens amazing doors to walk into mission endeavors.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

JAPAN UNIT STUDY

                                                                               (c) Daneille Snowden
                                     JAPAN UNIT STUDY
                          Assembled & Researched by Daneille Snowden


Welcome to a fun Unit Sudy on Japan. My girls and I enjoyed this so much that we really didn’t want to stop. The longer we studied the more we wanted to learn and find there is still so much yet to learn. Yet, I feel the first thing that you should do with a unit study that entails geography is do just that: map the country and it’s important cities, waters, mountains and such.
Honestly, from that point: Pick a particular subject and learn it.
I use to follow unit studies to the ‘T’; but now we find that we wind off getting into one area and want to veer onto another route from that particular one. For example; we were going to cover instruments generally. But; “Wow!” As we dug deeper and deeper we began to learn about the Koto & other amazing instruments, thus off we went.
Just make sure you cover the history, religion, vocabulary, economics, currency, foods, places to visit, dress, etiquette, science and on. Your children will love all the crafts, hopefully enjoy writing research papers on the various topics as well as the literature in some of the folk lore.
Get a folder out have the kids decorate it. As you do this unit just have them assemble their info and work. Later they can put it in a nice format. You can use lap booking here if you wish. We chose not to this time.
We also made a section of our dining room to display their crafts, maps and some of their work (like their Japanese words).
We made a small pretend Tea Room as well. It was educational and fun to use the knowledge we attained and the creativity God gives.
HAVE FUN!

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Unit Study Site
 Elementary-High School
Pretty good; got it laid out well. Unit Study by
Below are the links and activities plus books we used.

Geography:  archipelago of 6,852 islands.[10] The four largest islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku, together accounting for ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area. Japan has the world's tenth-largest population, with over 127 million people. he Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_islands_of_Japan?vm=r
Islands of JapanNumber of volcano’s: 124.65


We like Okinawa= from Karate Kid! J

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okinawa_Islands
  Okinawa Islands (map)islands (from North to South) of Japan are:Hokkaidō Honshū Shikoku Kyūshū http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan?vm=r






As the children did their work I would play Japanese instrumental music for them. I had to use youtube.com which was wonderful! DESIGN A TIME  LINE:http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/kids/hh/goplaces/article/0,28376,555136,00.html?vm=rTime linehttp://web-japan.org/kidsweb/explore/history/index.htmlTime line

4 BOOK MARKS:
- http://www.abcteach.com/free/b/bookmarks_japan.pdf
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THE SAMURAI:
- http://www.learningthroughhistory.com/newsletter/archives/82005.php?vm=r
 Japanese Samurai

Japan Printables-we did quite a few.http://homeschooling.about.com/od/unitssubjgeog/ss/japanprint.htm

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Cherry Blossom Coloringhttp://www.fantasyjr.com/cherry-blossom-coloring-pages/?vm=r



Festival Coloring Page
http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/print/japanese-nanakusa-festival-coloring-page/?vm=r
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Japanese Personal Seals
-http://hararie-japan-tokyo-tokyo.com/japanese_culture/temporary-category-a/seal-of-japan/?vm=r



Japanese: Crafts and Coloring Pages
http://www.caslt.org/resources/modern-lang/japanese-resource-links-crafts-colouring_en.php?vm=r

Chrysanthemum Corsages
http://www.crayola.com/crafts/detail/chrysanthemum-corsages-craft/

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Excellent Selection of Coloring Pages
http://www.dltk-kids.com/World/japan/posters/index.htm-



                                                                                                                                                             


                    
ORIGAMI








MAKE THESE: Origami
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/origami/








Folk Legends- http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/folk/index.html?vm=r
You read the story (as authentic music plays & colorful animation is playing.

BONSAI:

http://www.ehow.com/videos-on_4949_grow-bonsai-trees.html?vm=r

Instruments & Entertainment:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_Japanese_musical_instruments?vm=r
                                          String/wind/percussion

- http://www.japan-zone.com/culture/instrument.shtml?vm=r
http://www.japan-zone.com/culture/kabuki.shtml     Kabuki theatre
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67-bgSFJiKc
http://www.japan-zone.com/culture/noh.shtml       Noh theatre
http://www.japan-zone.com/culture/bunraku.shtml Bunraku, or Japanese puppet theater

KIMONOS:
 http://www.ehow.com/search.aspx?s=KIMONO%E2%80%99S
How to make; wrap; history of...etc. Accord Academy
  http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/?vm=r
       Japan web site for kids

http://www.japan-zone.com/culture/kimono.shtml
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I love the diagram of the kimono and the history.

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107666.html?vm=r

They made minni drums: minni Taiko



MAKE A TRAVEL BROCHURE:
http://teachers.ausd.net/antilla/japanbrochure.html
Tourist teaching. This was really good, they got real creative here.
LEARN THE PROPER WAY TO EAT AT A JAPANESE REST./HOME/GREETINGS…:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e622.html
Japanese etiquette

LIST THE HOLIDAYS AND PLACE THEM ON A THEIR CALENDAR:

http://www.chiff.com/home_life/holiday/childrens-day.htm

Japan Rice Paddy 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC7h-B7jy6k 
Research about rice.
http://www.ehow.com/how_4829375_cultivate-rice.html 
How to Cultivate Rice

Types of Farming in Japan
http://www.ehow.com/list_6912300_types-farming-japan.html

JAPAN FOLK TALES

http://japanese.about.com/od/folktales/Folk_Tales.htm?vm=r

Koi: Koi fish is a decorative carp (Cyprinus carpio) developed in Japan during the 19th century.
http://www.ehow.com/about_6733853_natural-habitat-koi.html#ixzz1GJgJHAVq





http://www.waldsfe.org/UnitStudies/countries/japan.htm?vm=r

Excellent site, laid out perfectly

A Day in the Life of a Japanese Child
http://www.cusd.chico.k12.ca.us/libraries/elementary/japan/

--Webquest by-Nancy Leek


Popular Japanese

MAKE LANTERNS:
http://familycrafts.about.com/od/chinesenewyears/ss/eplantern_2.htm
Japanese Lantern Craft  Meaning of the Japanese Lanterns
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5563088_meaning-japanese-lantern.html?


JAPAN TODAY:  (Current Events)





WRITE A STORY/BOOK:
http://www.cusd.chico.k12.ca.us/libraries/elementary/japan/
A good assignment to do.

http://www.babynamescountry.com/origins/japanese_girl_baby_names1.html?vm=r
Japanese Names for girls.http://www.babynamesfamily.com/nationality/japanese_boys_names_1.html?vm=r
Japanese boy names.Japanese ‘surnames’ last names according to prefectures.-----
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jpnwgw/Names.html?vm=r
'okasan' (mother) and 'otosan' (father)

Virtual Japanese Rest.-shows the etiquette, the foods and where they come from

…:fun
http://library.thinkquest.org/20013/?tqskip=1
YUM!!!





Haiku:  Wrote several poems; can be quite a challenge.


Seikan Tunnel :
 under water tunnel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seikan_Tunnel



Mt. Fuji: 富士山 上空
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Fuji?vm=r


Tokyo :

geography & history…older kids need to do their own research as well.

Kyoto:

Ven Diagram :
Import & Exports  
geography & history…older kids need to do their own research as well.
on the differences and likes of US and Japan.
Favorite Product that we may use or buy. Research about it.



Suzuki Violin  Violin Research: 
 http://en.allexperts.com/q/Violin-2164/f/Nippon-Violin.htm?vm=r
http://www.collectibleviolins.com/history-of-the-violin.html?vm=r 

history of the Nippon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinichi_Suzuki_(violinist)
Shiniki Suzuki (info). (My daughter Felecia plays the violin both girls the piano using the Suzuki method).

 

 
 



Hiroshima:
Used American History book on WWII all on Japan’s part in the war & US bombing.



Our personal missionary to Japan: Joyce Kitano




Japanese Wedding-

Abacus wikipedia

Budhism/Christianity
http://gospelway.com/religiousgroups/buddhism.php?vm=r

Missions:-

http://japanmission.org/?vm=r
http://japanmission.org/?vm=r http://www.missionjapan.com/?vm=r-http://japanmission.org/?vm=r
these people really touched our hearts…good example on why there are still missionaries working to spread the Gospelvery good got the ‘feel’ of missions and the heart of God for the lost in Japan.
Japan.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQzhhB1feBo

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Bit educational.
LESSON PLAN – THE TEA CULTURE

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BOOKS WE ENJOYED FROM THE LIBRARY
Count Your Way Through Japan 30183031370628
Shipwrecked     31806001188831    (true story really learned a lot about the culture, history and shipping, whaling and then U.S. History)
Commodore Matthew Perry     30183031784992
Karate   30183032926816
Welcome to Japan 30183031371675
JAPANESE THINGS by Basil Hall
Chamberlain Pub.by Charles E.Tuttle Co.
1971 (reprint 1994)
Title K is for kabuki: a Japan alphabet
"I Live in Tokyo" by Mari Takabayashi,"31806001564015
Japan JapanJapanSamurai;
Warlords of Japan
Traditional Crafts from Japan
Felecia & Tabitha with all their hard work and fun study!
WE LOVE JAPAN!












Tabby-My 3rd Grader
 
Felecia-My 7th Grader















Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms,Lanterns and Stars!" by Betty Reynolds
"Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Festivals and Flying Carp by Tazuko Inui

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuaqMf2VoO8Counting to 10+  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CGUhPisa4U


http://www.theodora.com/wfbcurrent/japan/index.htmlhttp://japanesegeta.com/


Free Earthquake Lap Book Unit Study

Up-to-date info in all categories
*March 11, 2011 A terrible tsunami hit Japan (the last day of our study 3/11/11) the worse hurricane in record of Japan.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke02W2gazUk

2012 and still have a passion for Japan. Here are the girls at the Japanese Stroll Garden in Springfield, MO. Included an authentic tea house. What a treat!

                                     

                                      

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  1. Lots of neat links and information you shared! We will be studying Japan in 2 weeks, so some of this will come in handy. Thanks!

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