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Activities to do During Your Tour of Asia

 
 

The Activities on this Web site are designed for kids to do in their regular classroom or music class as part of a lesson on Asia or about music of the orchestra. You may also do them at home.
(Teachers, click here
for more information on using these pages.)

How the Activities Are Organized:

All of the activities on this site go along with the National Symphony Orchestra tour of China and Japan which took place from January 25-February 10, 1999. Each day of the tour offers a chance for you to do an activity and save it as a souvenir in your Asian Scrapbook.

We suggest that the activities be used along with the Cultural Connections on this site. This way, you and your teacher will have the background you need to be able to create your souvenirs.

Cultural Connections and Related Activities:

CHINA'S CULTURE
ACTIVITIES FOR CHINA
Welcome to China! Make your Asian scrapbook!
Visit the Great Wall of China Learn about maps
Explore the Forbidden City Make Chinese lanterns
Take a look at the Beijing Opera Learn to speak Mandarin
Learn about Chinese Horoscopes Write about your Chinese horoscope
Discover Asian instruments Learn to sing Song of the Dragon
Learn about the art of Chinese calligraphy Make a Chinese screen
Get ready for the Chinese New Year Decorate for the Chinese New Year

JAPAN'S CULTURE
ACTIVITIES FOR JAPAN
Welcome to Japan! Make origami
Read about Japanese literature Write a haiku poem
Walk through a Japanese garden Create your own Japanese Garden
Take a look at blossoming cherry trees Sing Sakura
Learn the history of the kimono Make a kimono collage
Discover different types of sushi Eat with chopsticks
Find out about Sumo wrestling Learn about Sports day
Learn about Earthquakes Complete the map of the tour
Celebrate holidays in Japan Learn to speak Japanese

 

Teachers: Each of the activities on this site are written to the 2nd-5th grade student. Of course, younger children can do these activities with their teachers, and older children are invited to try them out, and even find ways to make them more challenging. (Older students and teachers who find ways to do these activities differently, or who try other related activities: please post your ideas on the teacher's bulletin board!) These activities are also connected to the national education standards and in some cases, to extended lessons. See the for teachers area for more information and for additional lessons.

Why These Activities Were Chosen:
  • They can be done using things found at home or in most classrooms-- there's no need to go out and buy materials!
  • They are relatively short, so that they can be done during a class period -- you will probably be able to easily integrate them into your curriculum.
  • They make connections to many things kids study at school -- we've included curriculum connections to Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Science, Art, Music and Foreign Language!

 

 
 

When you are finished, submit your souvenirs to our Student Showcase.

 

 

 

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