The Wave A Japanese Folktale Grades K - 2
An 8-minute video tells the story of a young Japanese boy and his grandfather. When an earthquake occurs, the grandfather sets the rice fields on fire to draw the villagers away from the coast and saves them from a tsunami. This traditional folktale introduces young children to the culture of Japan and emphasizes the message of “go to high ground” after feeling an earthquake in a non-threatening way. Discussion questions encourage children to make conclusions based on their observations.