Surveying families about their origins, youngsters create a class
family roots graph and mark the continents of their origin on the
mural map. A biography about a Japanese man who journeys to the United
States leads them to conclude that individuals can develop strong
feelings for two places. As they learn about the author, children
understand the importance of childhood memories and use software for
their own story.
For more about this special from
A Glimpse of Japan ~ From Our World to Yours e-mail
author and AT&T Teacher Disseminator.
Learn to use survey information to create simple graphs.
Listen to non-fiction and multicultural literature.
Bringing home a Family Survey on their
origins, students return with results. They:
- Help research on-line Flags of the World. Identify countries
of origin, print, and distribute to respective students.
- Match flags to appropriate continents on mural map,
- Help create a class graph showing the continents their families
- Discuss why people left their homes.
- Predict the story of Grandfather's Journey.
Listen to teacher explanation that the author's own grandfather
is the main character.
Locate Japan and United States on maps and discuss how grandfather
traveled to the U.S.
Listen to story. Discuss it and its author.
In response to "How would you feel if you had to leave home?"
children use software to describe their own reactions.
Begin KWL chart on Japan: Know, Want to Know, Learned.
Use software to learn more about Japan.
The class visits residents at a Senior Center, surveys them about
their country of origin and posts results on the map.
Students hear more authors, illustrators and publishing from an Internet
Family Survey, Grandfather's Journey
by Allen Say, 1993: Houghton Mifflin; chart paper, mural map, flags,
paper for stories
Children respond to the story by using KidPix and an inkjet printer.
They learn about Japan from CD-ROM Travel the World with Timmy, and
research flag web sites on the Internet
Children create a Glimpse of Japan Folder. This and the KWL chart
provide ongoing opportunities for teachers, parents, and students
to see what they have learned.
Children discover great stuff at Kidsweb,
of the World, and About