|Scooped by Laura El Azzi|
This site contains a specific curriculum linked student resource titled ‘Where the Sun Rises’ and is accompanied with a teacher’s copy so that activities can be related to direct outcomes and subject matter in the HSIE syllabus. The PDF file was unable to be scooped, but it and many other resources relating to global perspectives may be found on the site.
The student copy of ‘Where the Sun Rises’ is an image booklet focusing on Japanese culture, paying significant attention to how this culture is a product of its environment, allowing students to gain a global perspective and compare their local environment to a place relatively close to Australia.
It discusses the typical Japanese diet of fish and rice due to the abundance of water and how this affects agriculture, providing images of rice paddy fields that are labelled and linked to questions.
Some children in Stage One may be able to read these questions and those who are at more of a developmental level may attempt to link the images to words to help themselves along. However, the captions are not crucial to gaining an understanding of the content making this resource very flexible and compliant with ideas of Universal Design for Learning (Spooner et al., 2007) that advocates a built in rather than built on approach insisting the flexibility of one resource is more effective than many resources to cater to different learning needs.
Furthermore, if the teacher would like to segue way into mathematics, the scaled map of Japan could be linked to numeracy and measurement in the Mathematics syllabus.
Spooner, F., Baker, J., Harris, A., Ahlgrim-Delzell, L., & Browder, D. (2007). Effects of training in universal design for learning on lesson plan development. Remedial and Special Education, 28, 108-116.