Students in Grade 1 showed their learning about Japan by using the drawing app Doodle Buddy. Instead of exporting from the app and uploading to Dropbox, students used a frame placed on top of their work and used the camera of another iPad to take a photo. We are looking forward to figuring out other ways that we can combine media to show learning.
Students in Grade 3/4 have been learning about Japanese Kimonos. We shared the story of Suki’s Kimono and cstudents worked cooperatively to make a kimono using origami paper. I painted the design over with Mod Podge which gives it a matt sheen. Grade 1’s used the creation to picture themselves in a Japanese garden using Superimpose. This was a teacher lead activity and the class is looking forward to tinkering with the app.
We have been exploring the significance of the lotus in Japanese culture. Students were up for the challenge of using a linear tool to create a circular design.
We have begun our explorations of Japanese written language. Students explored using Google Translate to read some Japanese books. We enjoyed comparing the english version to compare our translations. Students then used Google Translate to figure out signs in Japanese for common items in the Learning Commons.
In the Learning Commons Gr 2/3 students tinkered with PicVid Stitch App. We thought it might be a good way to show a number of images at the same time. We looked for pictures in books and items in our library that show what we have learned about Japan.
We are looking forward to experimenting with the Video feature of this app. Students had to figure out camera angles as well as how to export their work to the camera roll and then upload to Dropbox.
Using Pic Vid Stitch to show learning about Japan from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
Students in Grades 2 and 3 were very interested in learning about how Japanese restaurants sometimes have plastic food on display to show what’s on the menu. We created our own Japanese window menu by creating sushi for display.
We used electrical tape, cotton balls, fabric scraps, popsicle sticks and small sized paper plates. Each table group created 2 or 3 plates together using glue sticks. I pre-cut the tape as it can get pretty sticky.
Due to time constraints, I also pre-cut the fabric, but this wouldn’t be necessary in the classroom. I used a glue gun to ensure the ‘chopsticks’ wouldn’t fall off and to attach the plates to our red background. The font style is Matura Script.
This week many classes learned about traditional Japanese houses. We explored customs around the use of Tatami Mats. Over the summer I purchased a dozen Dollar Store beach mats with black borders and these worked perfectly for reading time. I played some mellow Japanese flute music in the background.
We learned about Sadako through pictures, videos and the great book Sadako’s Cranes by Judith Loske. Building on their previous knowledge, students created origami ‘Fortune Tellers’ that were transformed into poppies when added to our wreath. Students who knew how to create the origami, taught others in their table group and had a chance to shine as leaders.
We decided to light up our terrific Japanese Fall Fans by tinkering with making a circuit using copper wire, LED lights and a small battery. Different classes have used these fans for a number of projects since we created them.