Demon Slayer Jamboard
Admitted, today I am being lazy.
I have been thinking all weekend about next week's classes. Staying ONLINE, going OFFLINE. And many things around that. It made me so tired.
So, instead of writing a blogpost, I made another Jamboard I want to use in class next week. And if you like, use it.
Kids interactively will drag the yellow tiles on the pictures.
Then, they will write a description of each character in slides 3-10.
Hope you can make use of it. My kids love it.
Here is the link
One month is over. Have a great start of February, and a wonderful week.
Storytelling with short Animations~snowman
In one of my posts this week, I mentioned another way for a winter (snowman) topic.
Read all through the end, because the big tips come further down!
It is really cold again today.
Have yourself a heartwarming drink, a cuddly blanket and a good story, and ENJOY THE WEEKEND.
What is a Daruma, and what does it have to do with a snowman?
In my last post I talked about my favorite topic for ESL class, 'Let's make a snowman' >>>and why I use the Japanese word 'daruma' when talking to my students.
So, let me explain what 'daruma' is.
It is one of these things with roots back in India.
'Bodhidharma was a buddist monk, in the 5th or 6th century, and pretty little facts are known about him.
However, he was the one who took Buddhism from India to China and from there to Japan, where it evolved into Zen.
According to my findings he is also the father of Martial Arts.
There seems no doubt about his look though. Big eyes, thick eyebrows, beard and mustache, and a red (cape) covering his body.
Please do read the Link I have added ↑‥There are some rather interesting legends and stories about him.
Daruma in Japan
And finally I can explain you a bit more, what a Japanese Daruma is.
In the foto I posted under the title you see a bunch of Daruma.
You get them in all sizes from mini to giant.
Most common is a 4,5 cm tall Daruma, usually made of wood.
It comes without the black eyes. So, just white 'eyeholes'.
After buying it, one makes a wish and draws a black eye into the left white part.
When the wish comes true, -this may take time- the owner draws a black eye in the right part. You maybe won't be able to read the Japanese, but have a look at some beautiful Daruma made of different materials, here.
conncetion to snowman
The Japanese word for SNOW is YUKI
And SNOWMAN is 'YUKIDARUMA.
This is the Japanese Character for DARUMA and it consists of :
達＝'to pass' or 'enlighten'
As I mentioned in my post the other day: I am using the word 'daruma' because for kids it is this roundish jolly shape of a snowman, and noone can tell me that I am ignoring any genders. So instead of Fruitsmen we have Fruits Daruma, ...
Let's make a snowman.
It improves language as well as thinking skills, as well as creativity.
It could start teaching simply the words :
Make a snowball
Make head, eye, nose, mouth..etc.
The next level would maybe be:
'A snowball for its body/ head/ .. '
'A carrot for its nose.' etc etc
Then the next year it would go on to:
We need a snowball for his head. etc.
I make a snowball for his head etc.
So, lots of language improvement, but that is not all:
Funny to see how different the culture of snowmen is.
Here in Japan people are always completely surprised when they see my pictures of snowmen having three balls.
And more even when I tell the kids that I used to give my snowman always coal eyes, and later, when we had no coal, potatoes for his eyes as well as for his buttons.
Even the carrot nose, most kids cannot believe. Using food for playing is not common here in Japan.
And of course all this can lead into great and engaging talks, either in L1 for very little kids, or in the target language for higher grades.
BTW: How do YOU usually make snowmen?
Two snowballs or three? Or maybe four? Or none, and just a little hill instead?
And from here I get to the next topic:
The fun part aside the 'SNOWMAN' is, that we make all kinds of other creatures, using the same concept.
By the way, I want to use the word 'Daruma' (The Japanese word for the 'man' in 'Snowman' because I don't want to get into trouble with teachers who think I am not thinking enough about the equality of genders.
I will write another post about the origin of this word, though many of you may have recognized it from 'Bodhidharma'
Let's get back to the lessons:
So, after having made 'Snow Daruma' we make
'Fruits daruma '
A pineapple for his nose.
Three bananas around his neck.
But once they realize they did perfectly well, they are eager to create some more of these funny guys for homework; they send it in with a video presenting in English.
Sometimes I leave it up to them.
Sometimes I give another topic, like 'Sports daruma' or 'Hobby Daruma' or have them come up with topics.
Lots of great thinking involved here.
These are some recent ones a few kids presented to me.
Stories Stories Stories.
Another post for this.
Have a wonderful, white day, and please post me some photos of your snowmen!
Little Red Riding Hood Jamboard Template
Last week I got some of you disappointed because the Gingerbread Man is out of season.
So here is another of my Jamboard Templates which you can try and edit if you like.
I hope Little Red Riding Hood is less season dependent.
I learned about Jamboard and how to create, edit, share and work (with) them in December's Ditch Summit. Some amazing educators to follow there, who I will blog about at another time.
Anyway, enjoy watching the kids reading and dragging the word cards on the pictures! It is great.
You can of course also set this as homework.
Have a great Sunday.
A jamboard template
Hello everyone. I know most of you are having a hard time, now, longing to meet and hug your students. It is tough, isn't it? And how much were we thinking the teaching online would be so inspiring, relaxing and relevant.
Well, it does have so great aspects, and how lucky are we, that we CAN do this.
But it gets exhausting.
So exhausting that I hardly updated this page for a long time. I hope to change this this year.
First of all a little present for you.
I created a Jamboard, which you are free to use, edit and work with.
I guess for many of you the topic is not a January theme.
For me this is a story I start teaching in winter, and then I arrange it and have the kids create their own versions, so we often do it in the middle of summer.
Hopefully this can inspire you a little. Let me know what you think.
Hang in there! We will make it!
Here is the link!
Born and grown up in Germany I came to Japan with 22 to make my mom's wish come true:
Now I'm a mother and I wish from my heart that my kids
And I'm an educator and I do all I can to fulfill this big dream of most parents for their kids: