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Geography of Japan - Lesson 7

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Geography of Japan - Lesson 7

In the final lesson, students will learn about the different materials and techniques which have been used to design buildings in Japan, allowing them to withstand earthquakes.

Geography of Japan - Lesson 6

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Geography of Japan - Lesson 6

In this lesson, students students will learn how earthquakes can cause a tsunami and will also consider the impact of the disaster on survivors. They will also look at the work of Fumio Obata, a graphic novelist and illustrator who produced ‘comic reportage’ detailing the scale and human tragedy of the disaster.

Geography of Japan - Lesson 5

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Geography of Japan - Lesson 5

In Lesson 5, students will study Sakurajima, located on the island of Kyushu and learn to describe the key features of a volcano.

Geography of Japan - Lesson 4

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Geography of Japan - Lesson 4

In this lesson, students study a population graph and produce a written description of the changes in Japan. They will also use population data to produce their own choropleth map showing Japan’s population density.

Geography of Japan - Lesson 3

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Geography of Japan - Lesson 3

In this lesson students explore the wildlife of Japan and consider what makes it home to so many different animal species. Using the information sheets, students will gather information about some animals and their habitats and create a labelled map showing where they are located in Japan.

Geography of Japan - Lesson 2

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Geography of Japan - Lesson 2

In lesson 2, students will learn about the climate of Japan and the climatic variations between different regions. Using information fact sheets about the different seasons and seasonal festivals they will produce a climate calendar and decide the best time to visit Japan.

Geography of Japan - Lesson 1

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Geography of Japan - Lesson 1

In the first lesson of this unit students learn key features of Japan’s location and geography, including that it is within the Pacific Ring of Fire and on the boundaries of four tectonic plates. They will consider the opportunities and challenges of living in Japan.

Geography of Japan

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Geography of Japan

The Geography of Japan is a 7 lesson unit for KS3 designed to give students an introduction to both the human and physical geography of Japan. It is pitched at Year 7 and 8 classes but could be adapted for other year groups.

Tanabata Festival (July)

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Tanabata Festival (July)

Tanabata is a summer festival based on an old story which tells of the annual reunion of two lovers in the Milky Way.

Tsuyu - The Rainy Season (June)

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Tsuyu - The Rainy Season (June)

In this lesson, students learn about the weather of Japan and compare it with the UK or their local area. They also find out about the common sights and customs associated with the rainy season.