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Kamishibai: Swim, Swim, Koinobori

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Kamishibai: Swim, Swim, Koinobori

A kamishibai story about how a young boy and a child koi flag are brought together by chance on Children's Day and learn that families come in all shapes and sizes.   

Kamishibai: The Spider's Thread (Kuno no Ito)

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Kamishibai: The Spider's Thread (Kuno no Ito)

The Spider’s thread is a well-known story in Japan. It is a moral fable inspired by Buddhist beliefs about good, evil and redemption, written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa and published in 1918. This kamishibai is suitable for KS3 and above. 

Kamishibai: The Moon Rabbit

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Kamishibai: The Moon Rabbit

In Japan, it is said that a rabbit lives on the moon and this folktale explains how that came to be. This kamishibai can be used to teach about Otsukimi, the autumn moon viewing festival. Visit the O Tsukimi page for more teaching resources.

Otsukimi (September/October)

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Otsukimi (September/October)

Otsukimi literally means “Moon Viewing” and is an autumn festival in Japan celebrating the Harvest Moon.

Journeys with Haiku: Lesson 3

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Journeys with Haiku: Lesson 3

In this lesson, students will explore the impact of different tenses in creative writing by writing prose about their journey to school and editing their own work.

Journeys with Haiku: Lesson 2

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Journeys with Haiku: Lesson 2

In this lesson, students will learn about the key elements of haiku: that they are seasonal poems which contain a ‘phrase’ and a ‘fragment’. Students will also have a chance to write their own haiku and read it aloud. 

Journeys with Haiku: Lesson 1

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Journeys with Haiku: Lesson 1

In Lesson 1, students will respond creatively to images of Japan, using sensory language to write a description of a scene and will reflect on the concept of journeys. 

Journeys with Haiku: Beyond 5-7-5

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Journeys with Haiku: Beyond 5-7-5

Haiku are a part of Japanese culture. Often mistakenly taught as just a three-line, 5-7-5 syllable poems, these lessons introduce students to the true essence of haiku.

Kamishibai: Additional Resources

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Kamishibai: Additional Resources

For students at KS 1, or those who do not have time to pursue the whole Scheme of Work, these resources can be used to make Kamishibai using a story completely made up by the students. 

Kamishibai: Lesson 10

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Kamishibai: Lesson 10

In this lesson, students will practice how to read and write their kamishibai story.