This is one lesson on a unit studying Japan. Background information on Japan should have been discussed with the students. Teachers should familiarize themselves with the history of Sadako and origami. Students will come to understand the effects the atomic bomb had on the people of Japan. They will present their discoveries through writing. The students will learn the history of origami and create an origami paper crane.
Curriculum Areas: Geography
Grade Level: 7
Appropriate Group Size: Whole Class
Time Expected to Complete Lesson: 2 Days
Indiana State Proficiencies:
Indiana State Social Studies Proficiencies Guide
Proficiency 2: Explain the relationship between physical and cultural features on the earth's surface.
Proficiency 3: Determine those factors from past and current events that may influence future conditions in various cultures of the Eastern World.
Proficiency 4: Demonstrate the influence of physical and cultural factors upon the economic systems found in the countries of the Eastern World.
Proficiency 7: Develop an understanding of the relationship between individual and group behavior.
Materials & Resources:
- Picture of Sadako statue http://www.eskimo.com/~marmonk/sadako2.jpg
- Origami Paper
- Sadako Picture Book by Eleanor Coerr and Ed Young
- Japanese Information http://www.ntt.com/japan/
- Damages Caused by Atomic Bombs http://mothra.rerf.or.jp/ENG/A-Bomb/History/Damages.html
- Origami: A Brief History of the Ancient Art of Paperfolding http://www.origami.vancouver.bc.ca/Info/history.html
- Origami Peace Cranes http://ccwf.cc.utexas.edu/~vbeatty/origami/learning/peace.html
- Burn http://burn.ucsd.edu/sadako.htm
- Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes http://www.eduplace.com/tview/tviews/smith158.html
This is one lesson on a unit studying Japan. Background information on Japan should have been discussed with the students. Teachers should familiarize themselves with the history of Sadako and origami. Resource materials on these topics are located in Materials & Resources. Teacher should hand picture of Sadako statue in room.
This lesson is extended through an interdisciplinary unit with science, geography, math, health, cultures, and art. All of these lessons can be found under the title "Studies of the Eastern Worlds."Teacher's Notes:
This is a new interdisciplinary unit developed on the idea of bringing visual arts into the classroom. This particular lesson has not yet been tested in the classroom. Its introduction will take place in the fall of 1999.