Using ‘Rokunin no Tomodachi’ readers:9 Book 4 ‘Yamanobori’

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Hi Everyone!

Back again with teaching ideas and lesson sequence for Book 4.

Remember— the vocabulary lists for all four books in Series 1 are on Language Perfect, so, if your students are subscribed to Language Perfect, you can use them as a vocabulary-learning exercise.

The CD with the song and all four stories is getting closer—will keep you posted.

Suggested lesson sequence for ‘Yamanobori’—outline

 1.             Scan the story, picture by picture, without reference to the text. Listen to the story (CD); read the story.

2.             Language structures and vocabulary of the story—1. Discussion and explanation of Katakana words. Overview of language structures.

3.             Pair work exercise: planning a day trip; Role Play: asking permission

4.             Perform Role Plays.  Phone conversations to arrange an outing—group work.

5.        Cultural research—mountain climbing / hiking in Japan and Australia

6.             Language structures and vocabulary of the story—2. Language used to describe weather (cold, dark, heavy rain, bright sunshine etc)

7.             Characters in the ろくにん の ともだち stories. Students re-read the four stories and then complete Reading Comprehension Questions 4 and 5.

8.             Creative  activity—you are planning to climb Mt Fuji. Decide on the best dates for your climb. Draw a detailed map of the mountain and plan a detailed itinerary for your climb.

9.             Cultural research—おにぎり, おすし, やきぶた, むぎちゃ, Japanese sandwiches

10.          Cultural experience—prepare and eat おにぎり

Detailed lesson plans for Yamanobori


Scan, listen to, read the story (1 hour).

Students work in pairs or small groups.

You will need:

Worksheet 12

A4 cards

  1. Scan the story (approx. 8 minutes). Students go through the story, picture by picture, without reading the text, and answer the questions on Worksheet 12.
  2. Play the story on the CD. The first time through, students listen and follow the pictures. Then play the story through again. This time the students follow the script and repeat after CD, sentence by sentence. (30 minutes if you include the vocab. List).
  3. Divide the vocabulary list evenly among the students and have each student make an illustrated, colour, A4 flashcard for each of his/her assigned vocab. items.
  4. Each student writes a sentence in Japanese, using his/her word or phrase, to go on the back of the flashcard.


Review language and structures (1 hour)

You will need:

Vocabulary flashcards made in Lesson 1

  1.  Using the flashcards made in Lesson 1, review the language and structures featured in the story. (15 minutes)
  2. Discussion and explanation of how to read the Katakana words. (Not how to read Katakana, but how to pronounce the words using the furigana, and then how to recognise the English word represented in the Katakana.)
  3. Complete Reading Comprehension Questions 1, 2 and 3.


Pair work exercises: Planning an outing, asking permission and inviting friends. (1 hour)

You will need:

Worksheet 13A and Worksheet 13B

Worksheet 14

  1.  Working in pairs, students complete the pair work exercise—Worksheets 13 A and B.
  2. Working in groups of four, using Worksheet 14, students plan and write out a dialogue between Liam and Riki and Riki’s parents. Riki and Liam are asking permission to go on an outing.
  3. When the dialogue has been approved by the teacher, each group prepares to present their dialogue as a Role Play next lesson.


Presentation of Role Plays. Telephone conversations. (1 hour)

You will need:

Worksheet 15

  1. Students present their Role Plays. This could be used as a speaking assessment task.
  2. Working in groups of three, and using Worksheet 15, students practise telephone conversations, inviting friends to join them on an ‘outing’.



Cultural research

Mountain climbing / hiking in Japan and Australia (1 hour)

You will need:

Internet access

Worksheet 16

Students compare opportunities for and accessibility of mountain climbing / hiking  in Japan and Australia.

The information required to complete this worksheet is available on the internet.

That’s it for today.

I will post lesson plans for the rest of Book 4 next time.