In year Heisei 16 (2004), the City of Yokohama designated 16 schools as Leader Schools in its pilot program called English Activities, then gradually grew the program each year by adding more schools

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In year Heisei 16 (2004), the City of Yokohama designated 16 schools as Leader Schools in its pilot program called English Activities, then gradually grew the program each year by adding more schools. Foreign language activities were implemented in the new course guidelines. In year Showa 62* (1987) Yokohama introduced the International Understanding Education program which formed the core of foreign language activities that became known as Yokohama International Communication Activities. In year Heisei 21 (2009), all schools which hadn’t already implemented the program became pilot schools, so in year Heisei 22 (2010) every school could begin YICA in earnest. The aim of the YICA program is to slowly cultivate a positive attitude towards communication through practical experience and to provide students with basic English language skills during the six years they are in elementary school. Furthermore, laying this groundwork provides the added benefit of enriching the English education in Jr. High schools, which in turn increases students’ appreciation for Japanese traditions and culture, allowing us to raise “Children of Yokohama” who will be adequately prepared to contribute to the development of a truly international society.

In March of year Heisei 20 (2008), “YICA Example Lessons I” was published. It was based on actual activities used at Leader Schools and was aimed at providing guidelines for standardizing objectives and year-long plans for the YICA program. We now proudly present “YICA Example Lessons II” as the second offering towards achieving our goals.

This book is based on the “Base Curriculum” as outlined in “Course Guidelines and Teaching Materials for Yokohama: YICA, Foreign Language Study Edition” (published February, 2010). It is our sincere hope that this book will aid every school when making their school-wide curriculum and individual lesson plans.

In closing, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to all the teachers who worked so hard to put together this book, “YICA Example Lessons II”.
March, 2010

City of Yokohama Board of Education Secretariat

School Education Department Director

Koichi Urushima

Putting “YICA Example Lessons II” into Practice

The lesson plans in this book are based on the “Course Guidelines and Teaching Materials for Yokohama: YICA, Foreign Language Study Edition.” That book gives overviews for each lesson for all 38 Units outlined in the “Base Curriculum.” This book presents more detailed lesson plans based on the lessons in the “Course Guidelines” book. All necessary materials, such as pictures, photographs and worksheets, have been included on the accompanying CD-ROM. We hope you will be able to use this book and the accompanying materials effectively.

“YICA Example Lessons II” Editor

*Note: The Japanese version is misprinted as Showa 16, but it is actually Showa 62.

Yokohama International Communication Activities

Example Lessons II
Table of Contents

Guide to Reading the Lesson Plans・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・4

Grade 1 [Unit 1] Let’s Greet Our New Friends!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・6

[Unit 2] Let’s Talk About Familiar Things in English!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・10

[Unit 3] What’s This? Let’s Answer in English!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・14

[Unit 4] Let’s Answer Questions About Things We Like!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・18

[Unit 5] Let’s Talk About Things We Like!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・22

Grade 2 [Unit 6] Let’s Exchange Heartfelt Greetings!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・26

[Unit 7] Let’s Count!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・30

[Unit 8] Let’s Give Instructions and Directions!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・34

[Unit 9] Let’s Exchange Things With Our Classmates!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・38

[Unit 10] Let’s Have Fun Shopping!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・42

Grade 3 [Unit 11] Let’s Make Friends By Introducing Ourselves!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・46

[Unit 12] Let’s Have Fun Reading Picture Books!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・50

[Unit 13] Can You Do It? Let’s Try!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・54

[Unit 14] What Time Is It? Let’s Ask and Answer About the Time!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・58

[Unit 15] Let’s Make a Picture with Colors and Shapes!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・62

Grade 4 [Unit 16] Let’s Get To Know Our Classmates Better Through Self Introductions!・・・・・・・・66

[Unit 17] Let’s Look for Foreign Words in Daily Life!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・70

[Unit 18] Let’s Open a Store! Let’s Have Fun Shopping!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・74

[Unit 19] Let’s Give Directions!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・78

[Unit 20] What’s This? Let’s Make a Quiz!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ ・・・82

Grade 5 [Unit 21] Let’s Get to Know Our Teachers and Our Friends Better!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・86

[Unit 22] Can You ~? Let’s Ask Our Partner!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・90

[Unit 23] What Season Do You Like? When Is Your Birthday? Ask Your Partner!・・・・・・・・94

[Unit 24] How Do You Spend Your Day? Let’s Ask Our AET!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・99

[Unit 25] What am I? Let’s play the Three Hints Quiz Game!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・103

[Unit 26] Let’s Ask and Tell What Time It Is!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・107

[Unit 27] Are You Free On~? Let’s Make Plans!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・111

[Unit 28] Do You Have~? Let’s Ask and Respond!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・115

[Unit 29] Let’s Give Directions!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・119

[Unit 30] Let’s Make a Special Lunch!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・123

Grade 6 [Unit 31] Let’s Learn More About Our Friends and Our Teachers!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・128

[Unit 32] Let’s Have Fun With the Alphabet!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・132

[Unit 33] Let’s Say Where We Want To Go!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・136

[Unit 34] Let’s Talk About Our School Trip!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・141

[Unit 35] Let’s Talk About a Typical Day!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・147

[Unit 36] Let’s Talk About Yokohama!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・153

[Unit 37] Let’s Make a Skit!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・157

[Unit 38] Let’s Talk About Our Dreams For the Future!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・163

List of Materials on the Accompanying CD-ROM!・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・171
General Organization and Viewpoint of Each Unit
 Each unit is organized as follows. The speech bubbles explain the meaning of each section in the unit.


(1) Objective of the Unit

(2) Expectations


(3) Example Phrases and Expressions

(4) Teaching Materials

(5) References to Eigo Noteand YICA Example Lessons

(6) Unit Plan (3 Hours) <○ Aim / Main Activities

(7) Important Additional Notes and References to Other Curriculum Subjects

(8) Lesson Plan

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Main Activity

Guidance and Support

◎ Assessment

Points To Note

* Teaching Materials


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