My third graders have been loving the Japanese Weather telling song and game, transcribed by Jerry Jaccard, my friend, and the mentor of our school district. I love connecting the songs with a book and this is what makes it work well. This is a simple but lovely true story about a young girl in Japan who gets some new clogs and ruins them while playing the Japanese weather telling game. I love that although she tries to trick her mom, she feels bad about it and promises herself she will never try to trick her mother again. It is a win-win when there is a good message, a lovely song, AND a fun activity!
A Japanese Student Connects with the Class
A Japanese student brought his own pair of “Geta” last year and the kids were so fascinated with it. The thing that has made this successful besides the book is using an eraser to play the weather telling game, as suggested by one of my colleagues. That way my clogs don’t get ruined. The kids love it.
My Own Pair of Japanese Clogs
This year, I went on Etsy.com and bought my own pair of Japanese clogs. It brings the song and story to life to see a real pair. My clogs are even red. They are used, but it doesn’t matter. The clogs help the kids to imagine that they were used to play the Japanese weather telling game. The students LOVE them and love passing them around to see if they match their size. Two lines of students to make it go faster. We tally the snow, rain, and good weather on the whiteboard.
How to Play the Japanese Weather Game
To play the game, I use an eraser because I don’t want to ruin the clogs that I bought. The kids put the eraser on the top of their foot and kick it in the air. If it lands right side up, the next day’s weather will be sunny. If it lands on its side, it will be rain. Landing upside-down means there will be snow. The kids at my school have really enjoyed this. I have done it in third grade, but you could do it in other grades too. Grab this FREE full Japanese Weather Telling Song and Activity HERE.
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