Cultured Pearls and Some cultures

Cultured Pearls

A pearl forms inside an oyster shell when other things get inside the shell. The Japanese who work at the pearl farms in Is Bay prepare the oysters in a special way so that they produce pearls.

Children make goggles to wear as they dramatize the adventure of the one who dives into the water for pearls. Make goggles from the plastic holder from a six-pack of twelve-ounce canned drinks. One holder makes three sets of goggles. Cut the holder into three sections, two attached circles in each section. Tie strings to each side and tie around head.

Great Wall & Grand Canal

The Great Wall is the longest wall in the world and was built by fine Chinese builders without machines. The Grand Canal was dug by the Chinese and is almost one thousand miles long. Show pictures of the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. Children build a wall and dig a “Grand Canal” in sand. These activities may help children gain an appreciation of this gigantic Chinese accomplishment.

Fish Japan leads

The world in fishing. The sea around the islands of Japan furnishes octopi and seaweed for food for the Japanese.

Children draw and cut out fish of different sizes from paper. Attach a paper clip to the head of the fish and place it into a container. Tie a string to a magnet with a small hole in the middle and use as a fishing line to “fish” for carp, tuna or salmon.

Dissect Fish

Some children dissect fish or cut them apart to make a detailed examination. Place fish on a board. Make a slit with a knife from anus to head in order to expose the stomach cavity. Cut away rib section. Use a picture or drawing to tell the children the names of the organs. Children may draw an outline of a fish on a paper. Remove organs from fish and place them in the appropriate place on the diagram of the fish. Label the organs of the fish with words. Remember to inspect the craw to see what the fish had for supper.

Dramatization

After the children know a story and enjoy it, plan a dramatization of it with the children. Through asking them questions, have the children decide the characters and props or equipment which they need. The children act out the roles of the characters using the dialogue as they remember it. They will say the dialogue in their own words and with their own interpretation. Favorite stories for dramatization: •UMBRELLA

 •ISSUN BOSHI: THE INCHLINGS

•TARO AND THE BAMBOO SHOOT

•THE DRAGON LIKED SMOKED FISH

Stories

The literature of a country or region of the world expresses the culture of that country. Stories, especially those written by authors who are natives of that country, provide authentic information about the culture. Stories are powerful sources of vocabulary and language development. They also provide many ideas for creative expression. Story time “happens” several times a day. A child brings a book, asks an adult to read it

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