All About Me Displays (Japanese Version)

Looking for a new Getting To Know You activity for your Japanese language classroom this year? Look no further (but do click to Read More).

As America is set to head back to school at the end of the month most Australian schools are halfway through term 3 (already!) I thought I would share a new Japanese resource I used this year.

I personally chose to use it at the start of the year. It gave me a good indication of where the students were individually - were they still writing in full Hiragana, some Kanji, did they know any Katakana? On reflection though this makes for a good resource to use to assess knowledge towards the end of a term.

I have marked this About Me bunting for grades 4-7 but it will wholly depend on the level of Japanese your students are at. For instance, some schools begin second languages from Foundation level while others don't begin until grade 3.

I designed two versions of a bunting as I wanted an old, ancient feel to the classroom. They are different in terms of what students write (and differentiated as students can respond in Hiragana/Katakana, Romaji (eek, hope not), Kanji, and beginners - English.

There are a few rules I have with these grade 6 and 7 classes.

1. No white space - you want something white then you must colour it white. This means the finished products look a lot more appealing.
2. One sheet. That's right, they get one sheet and if they make a mistake they must fix it themselves (as one girl needed to on one of the examples below). This way most students will draft in pencil first before plunging in with pen and pencils).
3. Take pride in your work. Everyone's going to see it so make it good!

The lesson look 90 minutes and was a casual easy-going one. The students chatted (sometimes in Japanese and sometimes in English) as they were completing their work. My strugglers, and new to Japanese, students utilised the classroom resources such as animal bunting and colour posters.

How to display...
Each bunting has a tab at the top. Fold it backward. Place a small (and I mean small) piece of Blu-Tac on it. Hook over your line/wire/string. Press the paper between your fingers where the Blu-Tac is. Voila! All done.

Please note: If you live where the temperature has a habit of extremes then add a second piece of Blu-Tac!
Add a small piece of Blu-Tac after folding.
Hook it over and press firmly to secure.

Overall I was really pleased with the end result and the students enjoyed it, too. The only thing I have added to the bunting pack is a duplicate of each version and removed the King/Queen before their name - some students loved being referred to as King.... but some didn't - use your judgement as to which version suits your needs the best.

Here's the link to buy them and have your own class create!

Now for the important bit - the examples!!!

Grade 6 work. Notice the English use on the yellow one - she is very new to learning Japanese and adds English sometimes next to her Hiragana

Grade 7 work. Both students used some Kanji (yay!) with their answers.

Hanging on display.

These were the top examples in terms of writing Japanese and presentation

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