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Happy New Year!

Video Summary
In this lesson, students learn about the products and practices of the Japanese New Year's celebration. First, half of the class participates in authentic Japanese New Year's games and activities. The other half of the class breaks into four groups to discuss cultural aspects of the New Year's celebration, then jigsaws into four new groups to share their knowledge with each other. Then the two halves of the class switch, so that all students have an opportunity to participate in each activity and discussion. The lesson concludes with a discussion in English in which students compare the customs of their own cultural backgrounds with Japanese New Year's customs.

Standards Addressed


Interpersonal, Interpretive, Presentational


Practices, Products



Key Terms
heritage speaker
negotiation of meaning

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Classroom at a Glance
Teacher: Leslie Birkland
Language: Japanese II
Grades: 9-11
School: Lake Washington High School, Kirkland, Washington
Lesson Date: January 10
Class Size: 32
Schedule: 55 minutes daily

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