Days of the Week (Delivery Service lesson)

Objective
To learn the Days of the Week and the correct order

First I had cards with the Japanese days of the week (日曜日、月曜日, etc.) on the board, then I put cards with the English days of the week written in katakana under the correct Japanese day. (サンデイ、マンデイ、チューズデイ,ウェンズデイ、サーズデイ、フライデイ、サタデイ) If they know the alphabet, I would use that, but I taught this to 4th grade so they didn`t know. We did a lot of reviewing and repeating, then I gave seven students the seven katakana cards and they had to put them under the correct Japanese day of the week. (Review of past material plus this intro took around 10 minutes.)

After practicing for a bit, we sat in a big circle on the floor, and because it was Christmas time, we passed around a `magic Santa hat`. When students had the hat, they had to say a day of the week, then the next person would have to say the next day, etc. Basically they had to say it in order. We did this twice, the second time faster and louder. (Took a little over 5 minutes.)

Pin the Nose on the Snowman: Then students got into six groups and I put six big white circles of a snowman face without the nose on the board. Each group then got 7 cards, each card written with one day of the week, a Santa hat, and a paper carrot nose with a magnet on the back. Students had to work as a group to put the days of the week in order. When they finished, the JTE or I would check, and if correct, the group would Janken . The winner had to wear the Santa hat over their eyes (one group had to wear a Santa beard), spin around, and pin the nose on the snowman. The group would then have to shout LEFT! RIGHT!, to guide their blinded friend, although many groups got too excited to bother with English at this point. (15 minutes)

It took about 40 minutes to make the snowman faces and noses with magnets on the back (and of course you could make any character you want), and then maybe another 40 minutes to cut up colored paper cards and write the katakana days of the week and mix them up for six groups.

Finally, we sang the `7 song ` that we learned at job training : (About 10 minutes)

              1 2 3 4 5 6 7

              1 2 3 4 5 6 7

              1 2 3

              1 2 3

              1 2 3 4 5 6 7

except we put in the days of the week instead:

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Sorry if you don`t know the tune of this song, not sure how to convey that through writing, but it`s the song we practiced at job training in August 2013 where you substitute a number for Woo! or Clap! or Stomp!, etc. (Sorry I also don`t know who to give credit to for the song either!)

I thought it was going to be way too hard but it ended up being the best part of the lesson . We just took it really slow.

And finally we reviewed. This lesson needs a lot of materials but both 4年生 classes that I did this with were a ton of fun! One of the teachers even filmed the class singing the song.

 

Materials needed: 

  • Big Katakana or Romaji cards to introduce the days of the week (plus the Japanese days of the week too if you want)
  • An item to pass around the class when you all sit in a circle (I used a Santa hat)
  • Seven cards with one day of the week written on each card for students to put in the correct order. Make sure to mix them up beforehand. Each group will get the seven cards, so if you have six groups, you`ll make 42 cards in total.
  • Six (or whatever number of groups you want) paper faces and six paper noses with magnets on the back
  • Six blindfolds, hats, anything to cover their eyes
  • Cards with drawings or pictures to illustrate Woo! Clap! Stomp! Rawr!, whatever you want, for the song
Lesson Topics
Duration
Elementary
3,
4,
5
Special
DS