Lesson 5: Life in Ancient Japan

Activities

Activity 1: Geography and Natural Resources of Japan

Materials: Geography of the World: The Essential Family Guide to Geography and Culture by Jayne Parsons, colored pencils, crayons, or markers
The islands of ancient Japan contained many natural resources that early residents could use. In this activity, you'll explore maps of ancient and modern Japan and list the natural resources that you have learned about from your reading.

On the "Geography and Natural Resources" of Japan activity page, do the following:
  • Label the Japanese islands of Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Hokkaido.
  • Label the ancient cities of Heian, Nara, Kamakura, and Edo.
  • Using the map on page 185 of Geography of the World, label the modern Japanese cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Sapporo, Kyoto, and Nagoya.
  • In the space at the bottom of the page, list all of the natural resources that you have learned about that were available to residents of ancient Japan. You will find them listed in the reading for this lesson.
In this activity, your child will label a map of Japan, noting both ancient and modern cities, and record a list of natural resources found in Japan. An answer key has been provided.
Answer Key: Geography and Natural Resources of Japan