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Pupils compare traditional Japanese clothing to clothing worn in the United States. Possible lesson extensions include a visit from a community member or the design of student kimonos.
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Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Lesson: Immigration
Many of your class members will have heard of Executive Order 9066 and the Japanese internment camps of World War II. Some may even recognize the terms “Issei” and “Nisei,” but few will have heard of Enemy Alien Hearing Boards, of the...
3rd - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
Kodomo No Hi: Children's Day Celebration
Children's Day is a beloved Japanese holiday with many colorful and engaging traditions. On this national holiday celebrated yearly on May 5, children are honored for their strengths and given good wishes for happiness. Your younger...
K - 3rd Visual & Performing Arts CCSS: Designed
Journey to Topaz, a Literature Based Approach
Students view a video clip of the experiences of Japanese-Americans during World War II. They read parts of a book in which a child tells her story about living in the internment camps. They participate in a simulation activity as well.
2nd - 5th Social Studies & History
Famous Person: Yushiko Uchida
Third, fourth, and fifth graders read the book The Bracelet by Yushiko Uchida and examine the events of Uchida's life. They participate in a guided discussion of Japanese culture, perform a reader's theater, listen to a guest speaker,...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History
The Samurai's New Shoes: Suit of Armor
Young scholars design shoes for a samurai. In this Japanese historical culture lesson, students study a sculpture, Suit of Armor, to learn about the Japanese samurai. Young scholars apply their knowledge to design shoes for the samurai.
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts