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Learning objects Kanji whiz


Explore the structures of kanji on balloons, kites or hanetsuki (shuttlecocks). Match structures to simple or compound kanji choosing from three, six or ten structures. Identify the structures correctly to earn points. Build your knowledge of kanji components and structures by checking meanings and spoken readings. Try the challenge level for each game and sort the kanji by structure. This learning object is a combination of three objects in the same series.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students recognise a kanji’s structure from a choice of three, six or ten structures.
  • Students identify the components within kanji.
  • Students classify kanji according to their structure.
Educational value
  • Introduces ten possible structures of kanji as well as exceptions.
  • Demonstrates that kanji are comprised of components (basic kanji) which act as building blocks.
  • Provides opportunities to classify kanji according to ten structures.
  • Displays groups of kanji according to their structure.
  • Models pronunciation and gives readings and meanings of kanji.
  • Keeps score for kanji structures correctly identified.
  • Encourages repeated use by randomly generating kanji.
  • Includes options to print kanji by structure or as flashcards.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • languages other than english
  • Languages other than english/Oral interaction
  • Languages other than english/Reading and responding
  • Languages other than english/Visual cues
  • Languages other than english/Vocabulary
  • Languages other than english/Japanese
  • Languages other than english/Linguistic structures and features
  • Languages other than english/Character texts
  • Languages other than english/Characters
  • Knowledge;
  • Comprehension;
  • Application;
  • Analysis
Student activity
  • Interactives;
  • Games;
  • Analysis;
  • Modelling;
  • Comprehension activity
Learning design
  • Experiential learning;
  • Independent learning;
  • Problem solving;
  • Visual learning

Other details

  • Technical implementer
  • Script writer
  • Publisher
  • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia
  • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
  • URL:
  • Technical implementer
  • Subject matter expert
  • Name: Miyuki Shino
  • Address: Isaacs ACT 2607 Australia
  • Script writer
  • Name: Penn Short
  • Organisation: Tyger Eye Design
  • Address: Port Macquarie NSW 2444 Australia
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.