Using ‘Rokunin no Tomodachi’ readers:10 Book 4 ‘Yamanobori’ (continued)

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Hi Everyone and Welcome back!

I apologise for the delay—it’s been pretty hectic here!

Last Monday we recorded the reading of Books 1~ 4, stories and word lists, as well as our fantastic song, and it’s all sounding good!

CDs should be available early Term 1.

Meanwhile, today I have the last instalment of teaching sequence, lesson plans and worksheets for Book 4, ‘Yamanobori’.

Book 4 ‘Yamanobori’ (contd.)


Review language and structures used to describe weather and environmental conditions (1 hour)

You will need:

A4 cards

Worksheet 17


1.           Get students to list any ‘weather expressions’ they can find on Pages 14, 16, 21 (いい おてんき ですね; きょうは

あつい ですね; もりの なかは さむい です).  Then get them to make another list of expressions describing the                     environment from Pages 17, 21, 23 (みずが  つめたい です; みちは けわしい です; もりの なかは くらい です).

2.           Teach some new weather words: はれ です;  あめが ふります; ゆきが ふります;  かぜが ふきます; くもり です.

3.           Students work in groups to make flashcards for the words and expressions from Steps 1 and 2. They illustrate the       expression in the top half of the card and write it in Hiragana beneath the illustration. These cards could be put up around the room.

4.           Students complete Worksheet 17.


Characters in the ろくにん の ともだち stories.

Students re-read the four stories and complete Reading Comprehension Questions 4 and 5.


Creative Activity: Planning a climb of Mt Fuji

Students work in pairs

You will need:

Internet access

Working in pairs students plan a climb of Mt Fuji.

They will need to research when is the best time to do the climb.

Get them to draw a detailed map of the mountain and plan a detailed itinerary for the climb.

(There is a wealth of information available on the net for this topic.)


Cultural research

Students research: おにぎり、おすし、やきぶた、むぎちゃ and Japanese sandwiches

You will need:

Internet access

Worksheet 18

Students answer the questions on Worksheet 18 to complete the research.


Cultural experience: students prepare and eat おにぎり

Using the information and recipes obtained in Lesson 9, students prepare and eat onigiri. This is relatively simple to prepare in class during a 1-hour lesson.

That’s all for now!

I plan to post regularly with teaching tips and ideas, every Monday in 2014!

Look forward to hearing from you