Second and seventh graders came together for a collaborative learning event centered around the topic of Japan, as the two grades were each studying various aspects of Japanese culture, language, and history. In two lessons, seventh grade students taught the second graders about the Heian Period culture or feudal Japan, leading the second graders in grade level-appropriate hands-on learning activities. Stations included calligraphy, using sumi-e (the materials for traditional ink-wash painting); Japanese tea ceremony; traditional Japanese geisha makeup; Japanese sports and martial arts; and mochi making, among many others. Both the second and seventh graders are now experts on Japanese culture and history!
"The Japan Fair taught us things that we did not learn in 2nd grade, like history and even more details about traditions and culture," said second grader Kaia B. "I really enjoyed learning about training to be a samurai, because we learned that samurais had to walk in ice and hold a hard pose for a long time, and we got to do the same thing!" MORE PHOTOS