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Becoming aware of the Japanese American Internment Camp Experience

The objective of this classroom activity, based on the Smithsonian's exhibition A More Perfect Union, is to help students become aware of, and sensitive to, the Japanese American interment camp experience. They will develop a sense of empathy by simulating the situations which Japanese American children faced.

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K-4
5-8

Classroom Guide for Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki

Have students examine the cover of the book, the title, and the first few pages of BASEBALL SAVED US. Then ask them to brainstorm what they think the book will be about. Have students create a chart listing what they think will happen in the story and what questions they ...

K-4
5-8

Classroom Guide for Heroes by Ken Mochizuki

Heroes by Ken Mochizuki and illustrated by Dom Lee is a children's book set against the backdrop of the 1960s, and the conflict in Vietnam. The story explores how one family deals with the painful legacy of war. The main character is a Japanese American boy whose father and ...

K-4
5-8

Famous People - Mini-Curriculum Units

Lessons in this unit:

K-4
5-8

Hole Hole Bushi

This unit is geared for grade 4, and will encompass ideas from both geography, and music. The primary scope of this unit is music: Ostinato patterns and music history.

K-4

Japanese American Internment

Lessons in this unit:

5-8
9-12
K-4

Japanese American Internment: Asian Americans and U.S.-Asia Relations

A role-playing and discussion exercise on the Japanese American Internment in the 1940s.

Students will examine events and determine the factors which led to Japanese American internment; become aware of what took place during the Japanese American internment experience; discuss the impact of the internment experience on Japanese American families ...

K-4
5-8

Japanese Relocation/Internment Online Lesson Plan: An online lesson examining the Japanese Internment

Excerpts from reports sent from relocation centers show problems in the implementation of the Executive Order No. 9066. Students will examine the order and discuss how the order would affect their families.

K-4
5-8
9-12

Judges in the Classroom

Lessons in this unit:

K-4
5-8

Learning from Objects

Students will be able to exercise critical observation skills by carefully examining objects.

K-4
5-8
9-12

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