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.

Age Group: 
K-2

  

 

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