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Elementary Physical Education Class

Elementary Physical Education Class

 This physical education class, taught by the regular classroom teacher, shows one activity typical of Japanese elementary school physical education classes.  Some possible questions to ask your students:

What do you think the students are learning?
How is this similar or different to physical education in your school?
What types of exercise do students get through these activities?
How does the appearance of the gym and the students seem similar or different from your experience?  What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of having these types of uniforms?

This type of folk dancing activity is a standard part of the curriculum.  If course, students will also participate in team and competive sports (as well as swimming) in physical education class as well.

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