Introduce the facts about Japan. The continent of Asia has a island just off the mainland, It is the country Japan.
What is an Island?
Japan has a great respect of the ocean because 60% of it’s food, economy comes from the ocean. It is also a source of great natural disaster like tsunamis, earthquakes, and storms. Teach the folk dance Soran Bushi.
Explore the dynamics of the Japan and the ocean through weather, earthquakes etc.Dance a earthquake - Have half the class build a city landscape with sky scrapers, houses, streets and pathways. The other half dances through the open spaces.
Show the class pictures of the Tokyo fish market. Point out the size of fish. Ask them to bring in a fish that size by hand. Give an example of a Big Fish Story… “you should have seen it. It was THIS BIG!!!’
Using the idea of exaggeration, earthquakes, and tsunamis write as a class a “Big Fish Story” and dance it.
After exploring dancing/choreographing the story - Have students predict their own endings for the story.
Divide students up in groups and have them write their own ending to the story. Perform their versions in front of the class.
After watching the groups… Ask the students: