The Mystical Powers of the Japanese Crane

The Japanese crane has become an international symbol of peace. After reading Eleanor Coerr's Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes, class members research the Thousand Crane Quilt and draw connections between the symbol, the bombing of Hiroshima, and the events of 9/11.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a class crane quilt
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a class set of Eleanor Coerr's Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  • The three-page resource includes a list of the Common Core standards addressed by the lesson, information about the legend of the origami crane, a link to the Thousand Crane Quilt, and a brief overview of the lesson
  • Little scaffolding is provided to link the bombing of Hiroshima to the bombing of the World Trade Center