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Young scholars examine how Shinto and Buddhism are reflected in the Japanese art and life-style, especially as seen in the relationship people have with the land (gardens). This lesson is for the elementary classroom.
High schoolers research and analyze the roots of Shinto in this lesson plan about Japanese cultural practices and philosophy. Possible lesson plan enrichments and/or extensions are included with the lesson plan.
Discovering the creative process can be done through critical analysis. Upper graders examine a hand -carved Shinto Deity, discussing purpose, technique, and artistic expression. They then read a poem about the creative process. and write a similar poem, which they share with the class.
Students participate in a lesson about the Japanese religion of Shinto. This is done using internet research where students compare this to other world religions in the context of the four basic Shinto beliefs.
A Japanese Shinto deity from the early 900s inspires youngsters to think symbolically. They analyze the carved sculpture, the techniques used to create it, and its cultural or symbolic meaning. Then, they design and carve a symbolic sculpture out of a bar of soap. 
Students explore the art of carving. In this sculpture lesson, students look at the Japanese Shinto Deity and explain what they see and what it's made of. They create their own sculpture with Popsicle sticks and a bar of soap. 
Students respond to questions about Buddhism and Shinto beliefs. They review two reading selections and consider how religious beliefs are incorporated into Japanese culture.
Learners examine the indigenous religions of China (Daoism) and Japan (Shinto) to see how magical beliefs and practices form an integral part of these religions. This lesson may be controversial.
Students compare and contrast the four main religions of Asia (Buddhism Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto). This lesson is intended for use in the middle school Social Studies classroom.
Fifth graders explore the relationship between the early Japanese religion of Shinto and the natural phenomena of Japan. They engage in Day 3 of the Warlords of Japan simulation.
Young scholars participate in centers activities that enrich understanding of Japanese culture, history, geography, art, and religion.
This is a traditional textbook chapter on feudal powers in Japan, which includes vocabulary, note-taking tips in the sidebar, main ideas, and follow-up assessment questions. It also incorporates opportunities for art analysis and geography skill building, and concludes with an in-depth look at the uniform of a Japanese samurai soldier.
The piece Mount Fuji and the Beach at Miho is the inspiration for an art-based social studies lesson sure to excite young learners. They first discuss the travelers of the Edo period and the concept of pilgrimage. They then explore the art and purpose of temple books or Japanese screens. They make miniature Japanese-style story screens that describe a journey they have made. This lesson truly integrates art.
Students research the different groups in Feudal Japan. For this Japanese people lesson, students are broken into different groups representing the different roles in Japan. They research their group and have a "tea party" in which they interact with their classmates and find information about the other groups. 
After reading the two informational passages, pupils will compare and contrast. They will create a Venn Diagram showing the differences and similarities between the Shinto Creation Myth and the Creation Myth found in the Christian Bible. There are so many myths to compare and contrast, this is only the beginning.
Students examine the religious beliefs and practices of the Japanese people. They view and discuss photos of shrines and temples in Japan, and compare and contrast the photos.
Students investigate how religions are created. They identify the basic history, beliefs, and practices of Confucianism, Sikhism, Shinto, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. Students are to prepare a poster of their religions similarities/differences. They write a research paper on their chosen religion.
Students explore Shinto culture. For this sumo wrestling lesson, students study the Shinto roots of Sumo wresting as well the presence of Sumo wrestling in the world today.
Students read facts about Ashikaga Japan from 1333 to 1603 and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 9 short answer questions.
Students discover the connection between Japanese art and Romantic literature using a variety of sources and the impact of nature on these two art forms. This lesson is a three-day exploration.

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