Project 2: Project Japan

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Janet Cadigan

Elizabeth Cooper

Sharon Griffin

School: St. Andrew's Elementary
141 University Avenue
St. John's, NF
A1B 1Z4
Tel: (709) 726-3682
Fax: (709) 726-1012
Grade Level: Grade 3
Number of Students: 56
Project Start and Finish Dates: April 1998 (Approx. 3 weeks)

  Project Overview

The purpose of this project is to research school life in Japan by sharing information via Internet with a selected Japanese school where we have a Newfoundland contact (i.e., one of our former Interns / substitute teachers is now teaching in Japan). Through discussions the children will compose a list of questions about school life in Japan. These questions will be sent to the participating school via e-mail. Children in Japan will answer these questions. The children from the class in Japan can then collect data about our school life using the same procedures. This will enrich the unit on Japan taught at this level and it will give a better understanding of school life in a different culture.

Project Goals:

  1. To facilitate learning through the use of telecommunications;
  2. To expose students to a different school life outside Newfoundland;
  3. To share information with the Japanese school participating in the project;
  4. To research information about school life in Japan;
  5. To inform Japanese children about school life in St. John’s, NF;
  6. To compare the information gathered;
  7. To complete a class project of the information gathered and to create a web page.

a name="curriculum" target="_top">  Curriculum Connections

This project will include the following areas of the curriculum:

Language Arts:

  • Island Hopping
  • Tales From Far Away Land

Social Studies:

  • A Journey of Discovery
  • St. John’s
  • Map and Globe Skills
  • Location
  • Definition of Island
  • Japanese Food (special lunch)
  • Japanese Costumes
  • Japanese Guest Speaker


  • Problem solving
  • Creating and solving problems related to the information gathered


  • To connect musical understanding to social and cultural contexts


  • Origami
  • Kite Construction

Technology Education:

In the area of technology education there have been six general curriculum outcomes identified. During elementary school student will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of technology;
  • Solve technological problems;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technology and technological change;
  • Read, comprehend, write and use the language and terminology of technology;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of technology to enhance the learning process and develop active learning strategies using technology;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of information and communication technology and use technology to communicate effectively;

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will gain specific knowledge of school life in Japan.
    • length of school day;
    • length of school year;
    • subjects taught;
    • how many students in class/ teachers;
    • how students get to school etc.
  • Students will record information received from the Japanese school.
  • Students will compare and contrast the information gathered.
  • Students will locate Japan on a world map.
  • Students will compose questions to find information.
  • Students will learn computer skills and become familiar with the Internet.
  • Students will use language skills to communicate information to Japanese partners.
  • Students will appreciate Music from a Japanese culture.
  • Students will create and solve problems related to information gathered.

a name="resource" target="_top">  Resource Connections

In previous years, to achieve the goals outlined in teaching the unit on Japan, we have used a variety of resources, such as: videos, films, recommended text, special guests, library resource books, a Japanese day in class, Japanese meal and display of Japanese items brought along by students and other people in our community. These resources will continue to be used but this project proposal will add greatly to the knowledge and understanding of Japanese life, as we will now be able to communicate, on a daily basis, with our friends in Japan via e-mail. In addition, the Internet will permit us access to more extensive and up-to-date resources and information.


Both the processes used and the final product will be evaluated during this project. Formative evaluation will include (but not be limited to) anecdotal records, journals, observation and conferences. The summative evaluation would include grading the final report based on the learning outcomes that have been identified for this project. Students would be evaluated not only individually but also as cooperative group members. The following 'checklist' will be used for to record the teacher's observations:

Student Evaluation Checklist:

Name: _____________________ Date: ____________________

___ Is acquiring knowledge of school life in Japan.

___ a. Length of school day;
___ b. Length of school year;
___ c. Subjects taught.
___ d. How many students in class/ teachers
___ e. How students get to school etc.

___ Is learning how to record information from the assigned Japanese school.

___ Is learning how to compare the information gathered as it compares to their own school.

___ Is able to locate Japan on a world map.

___ Is learning to compose appropriate questions to glean information from material presented.

___ Is learning computer skills and become familiar with Internet.

___ Is using language skills to communicate information to Japanese partners.

___ Is able to sing Japanese songs and play Japanese games.

___ Is able to make Japanese symbols from 0-9.

___ Is able to solve simple Math problems using Japanese symbols.

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