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Foods and Languages of the World 

Teachers: Amy Gigler, Kellie Meyer, Maura Zang
Project Children L.E.A.D. Director: Dr. Vincenne Revilla Beltran
Subject Area: Diversity, Language Arts/History
Grade level: Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5)
Length of Lesson: 30 minutes, Day 5 of 7

Learning Goals: The class will gain knowledge of Japanese traditions.

Day 5

NAEYC Standards:

Creative Expression and Appreciation for the Arts

2.79 Children are provided opportunities to gain an appreciation of art, music, drama, and dance in all of its cultural diversity.

Using Time, Grouping, and Routines to Achieve Learning Goals

    1. Teachers use their knowledge of children's social relationships, interests, and skills to tailor learning opportunities for groups and individuals.

State Standards:

Develop and Expand Listening and Understanding Skills

    1. Listen responsively to directions, stories and conversations

1.5 Understand that communication occurs in different ways including various languages, devices, and gestures. 

Objective: The students will be able to create different forms of origami and sound some of the Japanese language.

Materials: Origami Paper


Japanese Dolls

Adaptations to Differentiate Instruction: The class will be given origami that has already been assembled to play with if they do not want to make their own.

Procedure: "Japanese Origami"

  1. The class will be introduced to Japanese culture by showing the students Japanese Art, and Dolls that children their age play with.

  2. The class will then be shown the Art of Origami and will be shown how to create their own.

  3. The class will show their peers what they have created and will then name their Origami pieces.

  4. The class will then come together to learn some of the Japanese language.

Key Experiences: Creative Representation, Language Development