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Learning objects Radical hunt: holiday hunt [Japanese]

TLF ID L1154

Take part in a holiday competition on your way to Paradise island. Find kanji hidden at the airport and on the island to win a mystery prize. Notice the kanji are compound kanji that share a common radical. Discover the related meanings of each set of kanji. Identify the general pattern that the meaning of a radical will contribute to the meaning of a compound kanji. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify radicals that contribute to the meaning of compound kanji.
  • Students deduce the common radical shared by sets of related compound kanji.
  • Students build their knowledge of the structures, meanings and sounds of kanji.
Educational value
  • Introduces four radicals, 辶, 山, 扌 and 日.
  • Introduces the linguistic structure of compound kanji, particularly the role radicals play in determining meaning.
  • Models pronunciation of compound kanji.
  • Provides instructions and feedback in English.
  • Includes options to print a chart of the radicals and kanji featured, and a set of flashcards of all kanji presented in the learning object.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • languages other than english
  • Languages other than english/Listening
  • Languages other than english/Reading and responding
  • Knowledge;
  • Comprehension;
  • Application;
  • Analysis
Student activity
  • Interactives;
  • Analysis;
  • Modelling;
  • Comprehension activity
Learning design
  • Experiential learning;
  • Independent learning;
  • Problem solving;
  • Visual learning

Other details

  • Publisher
  • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia
  • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
  • URL:
  • Script writer
  • Name: Penn Short
  • Organisation: Tyger Eye Design
  • Address: Port Macquarie NSW 2444 Australia
  • Subject matter expert
  • Name: Miyuki Shino
  • Address: Isaacs ACT 2607
  • Technical implementer
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
  • Generic
Learning resource type
  • Interactive Resource
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
  • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
  • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
Operating systems
  • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
  • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
Platform requirements
  • Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for a connection speed of 256 kbit/s or faster.
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.