A Dangerous Meeting HIRAGANA ONLY VERSION
Students in Year 3 and 4 are now exposed to social media very early. This picture book very clearly demonstrates the importance of knowing who a friend is or isn’t on the internet. Following the story of a naive raccoon who befriends a ‘fox’ she has never met in person, children will learn that this can lead to very dangerous real life situations. Readers will additionally start to learn common Japanese phrases and also see how language use when texting between friends becomes informal.
Cyber safety focus: learn who is and isn’t a friend on social media
Grammar: ___の (ownership)
Key Expressions: なんさい、どこにすんでる (exposure to these key questions- students are not expected to produce or study the informal verbs at this level).
With free access to bilingual and Japanese-only audiobooks and hiragana chart bookmark to assist with decoding, this 20 page picture book has been written for primary aged beginners of Japanese, (ideally Foundation to Year 2 Strand of the Australian Curriculum but can also be used for beginners in Year 3 and 4). (See specific Content Descriptions below).
Each colourful page is presented in hiragana only until the end of the story. Once the story is complete, there are easily identifiable white pages with the English meaning, clearly linked to the matching kanji page number, so that children are able to refer to this page when they are unsure of meaning as they go.
The book is generously sized at 20.6cm by 20.6 cm making it easy to hold and images and words clear and easy to see. Printed locally in Australia on quality paper, this book has been made to last in a classroom, library or home with long term use in mind.
Interact with the teacher and peers to exchange information about self, family, friends and favourite things, and likes and dislikes, and to express praise, support and respect for others
[Key concepts: communication, information, self, family, respect; Key processes: introducing, interacting, describing] (ACLJAC127 )
Participate in and respond to imaginative texts such as interactive stories and performances, for example by acting out responses or making simple statements to identify and compare favourite characters and elements
[Key concepts: response, expression; Key processes: participating, imagining, creating, interpreting] (ACLJAC132)
Notice what is similar or different to own language and culture when interacting in Japanese in different contexts and situations
[Key concepts: respect, culture, similarity and difference, communication; Key processes: identifying, explaining, experimenting, reflecting] (ACLJAC136 - Scootle )
Systems of language
Understand that hiragana symbols can be combined to represent words
[Key concepts: consonant, vowel, kana, foot, mora, rhythm, pronunciation; Key processes: recognising, differentiating, demonstrating] (ACLJAU138 )
Recognise the systematic order within the hiragana character set; commence hiragana script writing and recognise and write frequently used kanji
[Key concepts: character, kana and kanji, stroke order, font; Key processes: recognising, tracing, reading, writing] (ACLJAU139)
Understand and identify elements of basic grammar and sentence structure and interaction patterns
[Key concepts: verb conjugation, particles, word order, vocabulary, counter; Key processes: describing, indicating, identifying, questioning] (ACLJAU140 )
Language variation and change
Understand that language varies according to the age and relationship of those using it, and according to the situation in which it is being used
[Key concepts: register, context, variation; Key processes: observing, recognising, reflecting] (ACLJAU142)
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