Term 4, 2021. lesson 4

Lesson Preparation:Please have 1x soft ball or bean bag. You may like to move tables/chairs to the back of your classroom as you will need space for children to lay on the floor and make shapes with their bodies.

Additional activity: Student need 3 tissues(paper towel), glue stick, short strings, scissors and one small face (white circle).

Victorian Curriculum- essential learnings: We are learning to describe people and objects using adjectives including colour, shape and size.

number revision

Let's revise numbers in Kanji.

As a whole group Sensei will revise numbers in Japanese.


number flashcards.pdf

Numbers in kanji

Students lie on the floor making kanji numbers with their body.

Throw a Question

Students sit in a circle. The classroom teacher will throw the ball to a student and when the student catches the ball, Sensei will ask him or her a question. The person who catches the ball must answer the question in either Japanese or English. Then, that student throws the ball and Sensei will ask another question to someone else, and so on.

teru teru bozu.pptx

teru-teru bozu

Sensei will introduce Teru teru bo-zu.

Additional Activity


teru-teru bozu craft

Today children will be making ‘Teru teru bozu’ (traditional Japanese rain dolls). They will need 1x circle each (for the face) and two piece of tissue. Please look at the powerpoint for instructions of how to make 'Teru Teru Bouzu'.

Please note: The white circle is for children to draw the face of the doll and then stick it onto their tissue as it can be tricky to draw directly onto tissue. You will also need either string or rubber bands for children to tie around the dolls neck. You can then tie string to this so it can be hung as a decoration.

Teru Teru Bouzu for Teachers

A teru teru bōzu (literally "shine shine monk") is a small traditional handmade doll made of white paper or cloth that Japanese farmers began hanging outside of their window by a string. In shape and construction they are essentially identical to ghost dolls, such as those made at Halloween. This talisman is supposed to have magical powers to bring good weather and to stop or prevent a rainy day. Teru is a Japanese verb which describes sunshine, and a bōzu is a Buddhist monk (compare the word bonze), or in modern slang, "bald-headed"; bōzu is also used as a term of endearment for addressing little boys.[1]

Teru teru bōzu became popular during the Edo period among urban dwellers, whose children would make them the day before the good weather was desired and chant, "Fine-weather priest, please let the weather be good tomorrow."[2]

Traditionally, if the weather does turn out well, a libation of holy sake is poured over them, and they are washed away in the river.[3][4][full citation needed] Today, children[who?] make teru teru bōzu out of tissue paper or cotton and string and hang them from a window when they wish for sunny weather, often before a school picnic day. Hanging it upside-down acts as a prayer for rain. They are a very common superstition in Japan.