Learning objects Matching kanji


Explore sets of kanji that have similar appearance but contain subtle stroke differences, such as 日, 貝, 月 and 目. Pair up kanji that match exactly. Notice that when kanji look alike they sometimes have related meanings. Spot the subtle differences in strokes that form the different kanji. Build your knowledge of kanji by checking their sounds and meanings. This learning object is a combination of four objects in the 'Flip and match' and 'Match it' series.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify matching kanji in sets of kanji that look similar.
  • Students match pairs of kanji using recall to identify subtle stroke differences.
  • Students notice that kanji that look similar may carry related meanings.
  • Students build their knowledge of kanji by checking their written and spoken sounds, and meanings.
Educational value
  • Provides opportunities to identify and recall subtle differences in strokes that form different kanji and alter meanings.
  • Models the pronunciation of kanji and provides their meanings.
  • Provides instructions and feedback in English.
  • Encourages reflection on the derivation of meanings.
  • Randomly reorganises kanji to encourage repeated use.
  • Includes an option to print all kanji as flashcards.
Year level

4; 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/Character texts
  • Languages other than english/Characters
  • Languages other than english/Japanese
  • Languages other than english/Linguistic structures and features
  • 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: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • 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: x - 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.