Experiential Korean Workshop

Grade Level: Kindergarten

Main Outcome: INK.2 Describe the diversity of groups represented in the classroom (Social Studies).

Indicator: Investigate the diversity of languages and cultural traditions represented in the classroom and school. The students should recognize the role language and culture play in who they are.

Description: This experience will allow children to learn about a different alphabet, it’s sounds, and alphabet symbols. They may sing and play musical instruments while learning the sounds of the Korean alphabet song. Children will learn about Korean traditions and see how these cultural aspects are important, and help make us who we are.

Materials:

  • ‘The Name Jar’ by Yangsook Choi, Story book
  • ‘Bee-bim Bop! By Linda Sue Park
  • 2 interlocking Korean boxes (recycled and handmade)
  • 7 Korean toy people (2 are wooden and handmade)
  • 2 cushions (green)
  • Korean masks (traditional)
  •  6 clipboards
  • Printed sheets with Korean alphabet
  • 6 pencils at least in basket of pencils
  • iPad with Korean alphabet song 
  • Tambourine
  • 2 drums (Korean symbols on)
  • 1 instrumental mallet
  • 1 washboard
  •  2 drumsticks
  • 1 wooden guiro
  • 1 Maraca
  • Large basket
  • Hanbok
  •  Taekkyon uniform
  • Assortment of coloured paper

Additional Outcomes/Indicators:

CPK.3a, use sources such as stories, poems, observations, visual images, music, sounds, or objects to inspire music making. (Arts Education)

-CPK.3f, Experiment with a variety of simple found objects and selected instruments, both pitched and unpitched. (Arts Education)

-CHK.1e, learn songs, music, and dances of various styles and cultural groups associated with home and school community. (Arts Education)

-CRK.4d, demonstrate an interest in and knowledge about books and reading. (English Language Arts)

-CCK.4d, attempt to copy letters or words from the environment (e.g., books, chart paper poems, word wall, name cards, public signs) to express ideas or understanding. (Compose and Create, English Language Arts)

-PEK.7g, engage in play with a variety of classmates, including those who are friends or not friends. (Physical Education)

Space and Time Considerations:This invitation is to be arranged on the floor in a carpeted area; to make children feel comfortable, cushions should be included. This activity should occur in an open area, away from the quiet areas of the classroom. A center approach should be taken with this activity, this allows children time to come and go during free play and have multiple visits. The story books, add cultural elements, as characters wear traditional clothing, eat traditional food, and deal with the dilemma of names in different languages. Both books should be read to the class and explained.

Instructions or Prompts for Teachers or Students: Read the story books the ‘The Name Jar’ and “Bee-bim Bop! first to the children to introduce the subject matter. Show, discuss, the Korean alphabet, practice making all the different sounds. Can anyone think of a sound the Korean alphabet doesn’t have? Look at the clothing from the story books and talk about who, and when people would wear them. Look at and discuss the food is being prepared and how the family eats it. The experience is designed for 1 to 6 children at a time.

Resources

‘Bee-bim Bop!’ by Linda Sue Park. A Korean girl helps her mom shop, cook, set the table, for her family to enjoy a Korean meal.‘The Name

‘The Name Jar’ by Yangsook Choi, Story book. Uuhei is from Korea and struggles weather to use her Korean name or choose a North American one. The story deals with the importance of culture, and how closely culture is tied to our name.

Korean alphabet song on YouTube

This website promotes multicultural and diversity in Regina.

The website gives contact information to different language schools in Regina.

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