Bayville Intermediate School students recently celebrated Japanese culture through art, reading, arts and crafts, and other hands-on activities. 

Third-graders study three cultures each year, with this year’s study focusing in-depth on Mexico, the Netherlands and Japan. As part of their lessons, students learned about how the people of these nations adapt to the culture in which they live, and how they change that culture to meet their needs. 

To culminate the unit on Japan and reinforce their lessons in a fun and creative style, Christine Arthur’s, Marie Fonzo’s and Pamela Loher’s classes created stations where students could experience a taste of Japanese culture, including origami, haiku, traditional Japanese apparel, Sudoku puzzles, fans and dragon puppets. There was also a tasting station where students could try a variety of Japanese food, including green tea, sushi, rice crackers and mochi. 

“This activity helps students remember all of the details about the culture we studied,” Mrs. Arthur said. “They are having so much fun that they don’t even realize they are still learning.”