to Japan - Konnichiwa
is designed to be an integrated, cross-curricular approach to teaching
western children in grades 4-8 about the children of contemporary Japan.
The series includes 4, 20-minute closed captioned videos. The videos
are supported by a teacher guide; web page with student and teacher
resources and activities; and an experiential "prop box".
to Japan - Konnichiwa was developed to address a specific need
for information about Japan. Japan is a major trading partner for businesses
in the United States and in many places has a significant impact on
local economies. In order to continue and further relations with this
valuable trading partner, it is important to have information on the
people, language and culture of Japan available in our schools. We know
children make decisions about which foreign language to study during
grades 4-8, and that they base their decisions on their impressions
of the country where the language is spoken. The most recent video piece
about Japan for students in the target grade levels was produced in
1989 and was not designed for children.
to Japan - Konnichiwa provides current, instructionally sound,
user friendly materials that address state and national guidelines for
multicultural education. The materials are divided into four areas:
Go to school for a day in Japan and see Japanese children waking up,
walking to school, participating in the classroom, attending school-sponsored
clubs, and going to private "cram schools" (juku). Students learn about
the educational system of Japan and see how the physical layout of a
Japanese school is built to reflect and accommodate the culture of Japan.
Spend a day with two Japanese families from morning, through their
average day, on a family excursion and finally at dinner and during
evening activities. Learn how families interact with one another,
with their extended families, and within their community given both
the traditional and contemporary culture of Japan. The videos allows
students to compare and contrast their own lifestyles with their counterparts
Tour various Japanese communities to exemplify the typical lifestyle
in cities and towns across Japan. Students are introduced to the geography,
history and industry of Japan using the city of Kurashiki as a case
study. Five geography themes will be woven into the video to allow
students to note similarities and differences between their own community's
physical and human environment and what they see in a Japanese community.
Visit Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, to learn about its rich
and long cultural heritage. See examples of traditional Japanese arts
and sports. Students also see the architectural landscape of traditional
homes, temples, shires and the famous man-made gardens of Kyoto.
For each program, the teacher's guide provides:
- Complete script
- Key Topics
- Pre-and Post
Viewing Activities,Viewing Activities
- Additional Resources
the Teacher Guide (PDF)