Arts of Asia in Reach
Uchiwa Lesson Plan
3. Strategies & Procedures

Engage (Motivation)

Students will be presented with a brief Power Point slide show from artist Yukiko Shishikura. Students will view images from Japan while they learn about Yukiko's hometown and the Summer Festival celebration.


Students will practice the dance steps (please see handout) individually and then as a group.


Students will create their own uchiwa fan to be used in the Kuma River dance.
  1. Fold white sheet in half (8.5" x 5.5")
  2. Trace around edges of uchiwa template with pencil.
  3. Cut out shape (while paper is folded) to create 2 equal-sized fan sides.
  4. Cover one half of one side of the craft stick with glue stick. Adhere to one fan side.
  5. Cover one side of the other fan shape with glue stick, and sandwich the craft stick between both fan sides. (Be sure to line up outside edges)
  6. Let glue dry.
  7. Decorate one or both sides of the fan using crayons or markers.


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