Japanese Culture Project at Admiral Seymour Elementary School

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					             Japanese Culture Project at Admiral Seymour Elementary School

School: Admiral Seymour Elementary School

School Leaders: Raymond Ng & Doug Masuhara

Project Leader: Bonita Perko

Student Leaders: Paul Lee & Sonia Shao

Student Groups: VP Emerging Leaders Program and International Peer Program

                                  Project Timeline 2008/2009

November 17: Orientation at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

December 1: School Site Visit – Bonita Perko, Paul Lee, Sonia Shao

January 10: Student Leadership Conference Workshop for Student Leaders: Paul Lee, Sonia

January 21: Submit final project plan to emma.hale@ubc.ca

February 7: Kick-off Orientation (Project leaders, student leaders, UBC volunteers)

February 12: Finalize the Project Plan and Project Materials

February 16-18: Reading Week Project

Part I: Description of Project

Japanese Culture Project: Learning themes and goals

This year, our team of UBC students and staff from the VP Emerging Leaders Program and
International Peer Program will be creating a Japanese culture project. The goal of the project is
to further enhance the grade 4-7 elementary school students’ knowledge about Japanese
culture. This project also serves as a continuation of their classroom Japan unit that was in their
curriculum earlier in the year. The project is designed to combine two classes together,
engaging them in activities that involve active participation and hands-on work to help them
learn about Japanese culture in a different, more interesting approach (as compared to learning
out of a textbook). Together, the project leader, the student leaders, and the UBC student
volunteers from the VP Emerging Leaders Program and the International Peer Program will
work together to facilitate a number of activities revolving around the theme of Japanese culture.

Number of UBC Student Participants:
Approximately 20 students from the VP Emerging Leaders Program and the International Peer
Program combined will be participating.
Number of School Staff Participants:
This project only involves two classes. The teachers of the two classes, Ray Ng and Cory will be
supervising their own classes. Doug Masuhara will also be providing his classroom space in
order to help carry out the project.

Number/Grade Level of Seymour Elementary Students:
There are approximately 30 students in each of the classes we will be working with, with a total
of approximately 60 Seymour students participating. The 60 Seymour students will be broken up
into three groups, and they will participate in the Japanese culture lessons over the course of
the three days, in three separate classrooms (Ray's, Cory's and Doug's rooms). Therefore
Bonita, Paul, and Sonia will each be in one of the three classes, facilitating the lessons with the
UBC students.

Expected UBC to VSB student ratio:

UBC Students Accommodation Space:
The UBC students will be meeting in the music room every morning. It is located on the second
floor of the main building.

School Safety Protocol for all students and visitors:
During the Kick-Off orientation on Saturday, February 7th, UBC students will learn about the
general safety protocols for the Learning Exchange Reading Week Projects. On Monday,
February 16th, the first day of the Reading Week Projects, Ray and the other two teachers who
are working on Reading Week Projects will inform UBC students about the safety protocols
applying specifically to Seymour Elementary.

Seymour Teachers’ Role (Ray Ng and Doug Masuhara)

   1. Project Philosophy – immersion into Japanese culture
   2. Organizing the school orientation and school tours on the morning of Monday, Feb.16th
      between 8:40 am and 10:20 am. This will be organized with the other two teachers at
      Seymour who are participating in reading week projects, and incorporating the school
      Principal as well. Some of the topics that would be helpful to cover so that the UBC
      students have a better understanding of the issues faced by Seymour:
          a. What does inner city school mean?
          b. Before school, lunch time, and after school programming
          c. Staff system (i.e. special education teachers, support staff, volunteers, etc.)
          d. What are some of the issues that families are facing?
   3. Organizing the neighbourhood tour surrounding Seymour on Monday, Feb. 16th between
      3:30 pm and 4:30 pm (this time is flexible. The tour can begin as soon as the UBC
      students are finished with cleaning up)
   4. Wrap-Up activity and slideshow on Wednesday, Feb. 18th between 1:10pm and 1:35pm
      before early dismissal. UBC students and Seymour students will watch together.

Part II: Project Plan Calendar
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                                               th                              th                                  th
      Time             Monday February 16              Tuesday February 17           Wednesday February 18
8:00am – 8:30am       Check-in: Music Room           Check-in: Music Room           Check-in: Music Room
                      UBC Students meet with         UBC Students meet with         UBC Students meet with
                      Project Leader and             Project Leader and Student     Project Leader and Student
                      Student Leaders for            Leaders for attendance and     Leaders for attendance and
                      attendance and name tags       name tags                      name tags
8:30am – 8:40am       Prep for stations              Prep for stations              Prep for stations

School Schedule       Introductory orientation       Japanese traditions:           Japanese Calligraphy
8:40am –              to the school for UBC          Kite Day                       Seymour students learn to
10:20am               participants (required)        Each student makes a kite      write Japanese phrases
                      All UBC Students from all      and designs it with
Morning session       three projects will            Japanese designs               Location: Ray, Cory and
will take place       participate in this                                           Doug’s classes
from 9 – 10am         orientation.                   Location: Ray, Cory and
                                                     Doug’s classes                 Facilitators: Bonita, Sonia,
                      Location:                                                     and Paul to facilitate the
                      All purpose room on 3          Facilitators: Bonita, Sonia,   lessons in three separate
                      floor of main building?        and Paul to facilitate the     rooms.
                      Ray to confirm location        lessons in three separate
                      Facilitators: Ray Ng and
                      other Seymour staff
10:20am –             Recess                         Recess                                    Recess
School Schedule       Japanese clothing:             Japanese Literature:           Japanese Industries
10:40am –             Kimono making Students         Haiku                          Focus on fishing industry:
12:00pm               will get a Kimono cut-out      Students learn how to write    Students make boats out of
                      that they will decorate with   haikus                         paper and decorate them with
This session will     Japanese designs.                                             Japanese designs
take place in a 1                                    Location: Ray, Cory and
hour block from       Location: Ray, Cory and        Doug’s classes                 Location: Ray, Cory and
10:50 am – 11:50      Doug’s classes                                                Doug’s classes
am                                                   Facilitators: Bonita, Sonia,
                      Facilitators: Bonita, Sonia,   and Paul to facilitate the     Facilitators: Bonita, Sonia,
                      and Paul to facilitate the     lessons in three separate      and Paul to facilitate the
                      lessons in three separate      rooms.                         lessons in three separate
                      rooms.                                                        rooms.
12:00pm -             Lunch                          Lunch                          Lunch
School                Origami                        Anime                                   Wrap up
Schedule:             Seymour students learn         Students learn how to draw        Dismissal is at 1:45 on
1:00pm –              how to fold an origami frog    their own character                   Wednesdays
3:00pm                                               OR choices of ready drawn
                      Location: Ray, Cory and        characters will be available   1:10pm – 1:35pm slideshow
This session will     Doug’s classes                 (cut out shapes). They will    (Ray will ask a staff member
take place in a 1.5                                  then decorate their            at Seymour to put together
hour time block       Facilitators: Bonita, Sonia,   character.                     this slideshow)
from 1:15pm –         and Paul to facilitate the
2:45pm                lessons in three separate      Location: Ray, Cory and        Location: Music Room
                      rooms.                         Doug’s classes                 to be confirmed by Ray

                                                     Facilitators: Bonita, Sonia,   Facilitator: Ray
                                                     and Paul to facilitate the
                                                     lessons in three separate
3:00pm – 3:20pm       Clean-up stations              Clean-up stations              Clean-up stations (This will
                                                                                    take place immediately
                                                                                    after dismissal on
                                                                                    Wednesday at 1:45pm
3:30pm – 5:00pm       Walking tour of the            Reflection Activity            Reflection Activity
                      neighbourhood around                                          2:15pm – 3:30pm
                      Seymour Elementary             Project and Student
                                                     Leaders will lead UBC          Final reflection – discussion
                      UBC students will be led       students in a reflection       about the week. What was
                      on a one-hour tour to get a    exercise where they will       learned? What will students
                      better sense of the            have a chance to discuss       take away?
                      neighbourhood and              their observations of the
Part III: Session Descriptions

Day 1- Monday February 16th
Morning (before lunch) - Japanese Clothing: Kimono Making
We will try to have a UBC student dress up in a kimono as a demonstration to the class of what
a real kimono looks like. If that is not possible, then we will show pictures of Japanese people in
kimonos to the class. After showing them these visuals, they will each be designing a kimono of
their own using a cut-out that they will be given to decorate.

Afternoon - Origami
In the origami station, we will be teaching Seymour students how to fold an origami frog, a
traditional Japanese type of activity.

Neighbourhood Tour (after school):
Ray and Doug will lead a tour of the surrounding neighbourhood around Seymour to give the
UBC students a sense of the community and the kinds of issues families face.

Day 2- Tuesday February 17th
Morning (before recess) - Japanese Traditions: Kite Day
In Japan, one of the traditions is to put Japanese symbols onto kites and fly them. This tradition
started with very early Japanese Buddhist missionaries, who used them as a token of
appreciation at festivals and religious ceremonies. The Seymour students will learn to make a
simple kite and pick from a selection of Japanese designs to draw onto their kite.

Morning (before lunch) - Japanese Literature
An examination of a classic style of poetry originating from Japan. Beginning with a 15 minute
explanation on the structure of a haiku and how to count syllables for the haiku lines with a
sample haiku for inspiration, moving on to individual groups working on their own haiku projects
for the rest of the session. No extra supplies other than ensuring that all children have pencils
and paper.
Afternoon - Anime
Perhaps the most well known aspect of Japanese culture in kids’ minds, drawing anime is a
very popular activity in Japanese culture. We will be teaching Seymour students the basics of
drawing anime characters. We will teach them how to draw a basic face structure and let them
design their own face features to encourage originality.

Day 3- Wednesday February 18th
Morning (before recess) - Japanese Calligraphy
In this station, we will be teaching the Seymour students how to write simple Japanese
calligraphy. We will be writing one word Japanese symbols on a piece of paper. Examples of
the type of words we will be writing in Japanese is: love, force, fortune, happiness.

Morning (before lunch) - Japanese Industries: Boat Making
The Seymour students had learned about Japanese industries as part of their Japan unit earlier
in the year and this station is designed to help them discover a fun part of learning about boats:
making one of their own! They will be folding an origami boat and decorating it with Japanese

Afternoon – Wrap-up session
Throughout the week, a Seymour volunteer will be taking photos of the activities and they will be
put into a slideshow by this volunteer. On Wednesday afternoon before early dismissal the
Seymour and UBC Students will watch the slideshow together, and the hope is that students in
both groups will get a chance to share their favourite memory of the week.

**Since we cannot accommodate 60 Seymour students in one classroom at a time, we will be
splitting the students into 3 groups and they will have a chance over the course of all three days
to participate in each of the stations with the same group of Seymour students and UBC
students. This will mean that the Station Facilitators (Bonita, Sonia and Paul) will need to know
how to facilitate each station with the help of the UBC students.

The UBC student volunteers will stay with the same group of Seymour students throughout the
three days because we value maintaining the bond between the UBC students and the
Seymour students using a buddy system (Each UBC student has 3 Seymour student “buddies”.)

Part IV: Supplies List

Ray to confirm that Seymour is able to provide all materials listed below under “Seymour”

            Station               Seymour to provide:                           UBC to provide:

Japanese Kimono Making            -construction paper x 60 – ready      -sample designs for kimonos
Monday Morning                    cut kimonos
                                  -extra coloured paper for kimono
                                  -felts, coloring pencils
                                  -glue, scissors
                                  -photocopies of sample kimono
                                  - tissue paper
Japanese Origami                  -regular white or coloured paper      -will prepare and bring sample
Monday Afternoon                  (cut out into square shapes) x 60     frogs
Japanese Traditions – Kite        -coloured paper 8.5” x 11”            -find Japanese kite designs for
Making                            (preferably not construction          Seymour to photocopy
Tuesday Morning (before recess)   paper) x 60                           -will bring a sample finished kite
                                  -popsicle sticks or BBQ skewer
                                  bamboo sticks
                                  -drinking straws
                                  -photocopies of Japanese kite
Japanese Literature               -blank lined paper x 60               -will provide sample Haikus
Tuesday Morning (before lunch)    -pencils/pens
Japanese Anime                    -blank letter paper x 60              -find ready-to-color anime
Tuesday Afternoon                 -pencils, erasers, coloring pencils   characters, separate them into
                                  -photocopies of the print out         head, body, feet
                                  ready-to-color anime characters
                                  (head, body, feet)
Japanese Calligraphy              -blank letter paper x 60              -prepare samples words for
Wednesday Morning (before         -black ink                            Seymour students to write
recess)                     -paintbrushes
                            *classroom with a sink area or
                            water in jars/cups available
Japanese Boat Making        -white or coloured letter sized    -sample designs for what the kids
Wednesday Morning (before   paper x 60                         can put on their boats
lunch)                      -extra coloured paper to cut and
                            glue designs
                            -glue, scissors
Wrap-up Slideshow           -photos taken by Seymour           - can provide laptop if necessary
Wednesday Afternoon         volunteer
                            -projection screen
                            -computer to load slideshow onto

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