【Click Nippon News】 Class Activities for Elementary Students Using an Article "Emakizushi"

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Click Nippon News
December 19, 2019

【Suggested class activities】
Section A: Do a survey and chart the results
Section B: Let's design an emakizushi roll
Section C: Think about the seasons and annual events related to emakizushi


The Click Nippon News October issue took up class activities for senior high school students using the Tokimeki Shuzaiki interview "Emakizushi, a Means for Finding Happiness."(https://www.tjf.or.jp/clicknippon/ja/newsletter/2019/10/oct-17-2019.phphttps://www.tjf.or.jp/clicknippon/ja/newsletter.php) Here we introduce class activities for Japanese language classes for elementary school students incorporating elements from arithmetic, social studies, art, home economics, and other subjects.

Please also check the Click Nippon Class Ideas page for introductory activities using photographs and those activities that could not be included here.

The original article is here:

【Suggested class activities】

Section A: Do a survey and chart the results

Do a survey of how many people in the class have eaten sushi and chart the results in a graph.
If many in the class have eaten sushi, ask them what kind they had, and chart the results in a bar chart or pie diagram.

Section B: Let's design an emakizushi roll

1. Show the students the pictures in Handout 1 (plum blossom, "four oceans" roll, rose blossom) and ask them questions.
• Let's try to figure out what these kinds of emakizushi are made of. Which of the following lists of ingredients corresponds to which kind of emakizushi?
a. Rice, smoked salmon, egg, nori, greens
b. Rice and cucumber rolled sushi. A length of egg roll. The outside of the square is wrapped with one strip of nori.
c. Five slender rolls of makizushi. One thin length of cheese. Greens and 2 large sheets of nori.

Other questions
• Which emakizushi do you think is easiest to make. Why is that?
• Which emakizushi do you think is hardest to make. Why is that?
• Which of these emakizushi would you like to try to make? Why did you choose that one?
• Let's watch the videos to see how they are made.

Plum blossom roll

"Four oceans" roll

Rose blossom roll

Make the sushi together, not as a quiz, but for the fun of it.

2. Let's think up an original emakizushi
What kind of original emakizushi would you like to make? Try drawing a design of it. Do you know the Japanese words for the colors you want?

Section C: Think about the seasons and annual events related to emakizushi

If your class has learned the names of the months, January to December, try a class activity showing the students pictures of emakizushi and thinking which ones would be made in which months. Depending on their level of Japanese, quiz them using 1 or 2 with the following questions.

1. When should we make this kind of emakizushi?
Choose the emakizushi that suits the months given below.
• When do you think we should make Santa Claus emakizushi?
a. 10月  b. 11月  c. 12月

• When do you think we should make Setsubun emakizushi?
a. 1月  b. 2月  c. 3月

• When do you think we should make koinobori emaki?
a. 3月  b. 4月  c. 5月

2. Show the students Handout 2 and ask them"何ですか""何月に食べますか." The students answer using"~です""~月に食べます."
Santa Claus(12月)、Rabbit(10月)、Demon(2月)、Halloween(10月)、 Cherry blossom(4月)、good-weather doll(teruterubozu)(6月)、Star Festival(Tanabata)(7月)

3. Let's think about the emakizushi that can be eaten on different occasions.
• What kind of emakizushi would you like to make for what sort of time?

Looking at Handout 3, ask the students to discuss why emakizushi for "Reiwa" and "rugby" were made. Ask them to think what kind of emakizushi could be made for annual events in your area, what kind of ingredients could be used, and how to make them. Have the students draw designs of what they have come up with. (koala, poppy, mimosa, etc.)

4. Ask questions while looking at the pictures in Handouts 1, 2, and 3
Suppose you give a party. You decided to ask Ms. Nakaya to make emakizushi for the party. What kind do you want her to make? Why is that?

5. When you are with a home-stay family in another country, what kind of food do you want to make?
Suppose you are going for a home-stay in another country, and you think you want to make some kind of Japanese dish for your home-stay family. What would you like to make? Why do you want to make that kind of dish?

6. Food to make together as a family
Ms. Nakaya says she hopes family members will enjoy making emakizushi together. In some parts of China, family members make gyoza/pot stickers together. In your country, what kind of foods do family members work together to make?

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また、写真を使った導入の活動やここに紹介できなかった活動は「くりっくにっぽん活用術」(Class Ideas)に掲載していますので、ぜひご覧ください。



Section A:調べてグラフにしてみよう


Section B:絵巻ずしをデザインしよう

1. Handout1の写真(梅の花、四海巻き、バラの花)を見せて聞きましょう。
a. ごはん、スモークサーモン、たまご、のり、青菜(Green leaves)
b. ごはんときゅうりのまきすし。たまごを一本。のり一枚で四角くまきます。
c. 細い巻き寿司を5本。細いチーズ1本。青菜(Green leaves)、大きいのり二枚。






2. オリジナル絵巻ずしを考えよう

Section C:絵巻ずしと関係する季節と行事を考えよう


1. いつ作りますか。
・サンタクロースの巻きずしは いつ作るといいですか。
a. 10月  b. 11月  c. 12月 

・せつぶん巻きは いつ作るといいですか。
a. 1月  b. 2月  c. 3月

・こいのぼり巻きは いつ作るといいですか。
a. 3月  b. 4月  c. 5月

2. Handout2の写真を見せて「何ですか」「何月に食べますか」と聞きます。生徒は「~です」「~月に食べます」で答えます。

3. いろいろなときに食べる絵巻ずしについて考えます。

Handout3の写真を見せて、「令和」「ラグビー」の絵巻ずしはなぜ作られたと思うか話し合ってみましょう。もしあなたの地域の行事に合う絵巻ずしを作るならどんなものがいいか、またそれにはどんな材料を使って、どうやって作るか考えさせながらデザインを描かせてみましょう。(コアラ、ポピー、ミモザ など)

4. Handout1~3の写真を見せながら、質問します。

5. ホームステイ先でどんな料理をつくったらいいかを考えます。

6. 家族と作る料理







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