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Japan's Secret Garden

Viewing Ideas


Before Watching

  1. Rice is one of the world's main food crops. It is grown in fields that are flooded every year. Organize students into two large groups. As they watch, have half of the class record the steps from the flooding of the fields to the harvest and the other half note the animals that have adapted to the seasonal cycle.

After Watching

  1. Discuss the steps in growing the rice that students recorded and the living things that adapted.

  2. In addition to being a food staple, rice plays a part in many Asian customs, beliefs, rituals, and celebrations. What foods do students eat that are part of cultural family celebrations?

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