Japan Geography

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The Question…: 

The Question… How would you describe Japan’s geography? 6 Next 1 2 3 4 5 Last update: August 2005 Created by G. Stearns BCPS Research Module or Slam Dunk Model, Copyright 2005, Baltimore County Public Schools, MD, all rights reserved. The models may be used for educational, non-profit school use only. All other uses, transmissions, and duplications are prohibited unless permission is granted expressly. The following lessons are based on Jamie McKenzie’s Slam Dunk Lesson module available at http://questioning.org/module2/quick.html.

Information Sources : 

Information Sources These materials are © 2005 MS. STEARNS, DEEP CREEK MIDDLE, all rights reserved. 6 Next 1 2 3 4 5 Japan consists of four main islands: Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Covering 145,882 square miles (377,835 square kilometers), it is just smaller than Montana. The islands are subject to typhoons in August and September. Japan also has many dormant and a few active volcanoes. Mild earthquakes are fairly common, and more destructive earthquakes hit every few years.

Student Activity: 

Student Activity Complete the chart using the information provided by the links. 6 Next 1 2 3 4 5

The Assessment Activity: 

The Assessment Activity 6 Next 1 2 3 4 5 Explain which of Japan’s four islands you would rather live on and why. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Enrichment Activities: 

Enrichment Activities Origami is a popular Japanese activity that has made its way to America. Practice making some to display in the classroom. Perhaps a frog, or a bird, or maybe even a butterfly! 6 Next 1 2 3 4 5

Teacher Support Materials: 

Teacher Support Materials 2.A.1. Locate places and describe the human and physical characteristics of those places using geographic tools. enGauge “As society changes, the skills needed to negotiate the complexities of life also change…To achieve success in the 21st century, students also need to attain proficiency in science, technology, and culture, as well as gain a thorough understanding of information in all its forms.” (enGauge) Digital-Age Literacy includes: Information Literacy Technological Literacy Scientific Literacy Objective: Students will research Japan’s four main islands in order to describe the geography. Differentiation: Provide written copies of all text with information highlighted. All students to work in pairs. Complete examples on the organizer to provide a framework for the students. Provide students with a copy of the completed organizer at the end of lesson. Time Management: This is a 45 minute lesson Any extended activities should be completed at home. Learning Styles: Visual, Kinesthetic, Active. AVID Strategies: Predicting Timed Writing 6 1 2 3 4 5

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