Lesson Plan

Let’s Write! Jomon Jar

AL COS Standards
Language Arts: ELA 3.22.4 ELA 3.22.6 ELA 3.24.4 ELA 3.24.5 ELA 3.24.7 ELA 4.26.1 ELA 4.29.1 ELA 5.25.1 ELA 5.25.2 ELA 6.24.1 ELA 6.24.2 ELA 7.22.1 ELA 8.22.5 ELA 8.22.6
Social Studies : Objective 7G.4.1 Objective 7G.4.2 Objective 7G.5.1 Objective 7G.7.1 Objective 7G.7.2 Objective 7G.7.3 Objective 7G.7.4 Objective 8.1.1 Objective 8.1.2
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Have students watch The 5 W’s of Art: Jomon Jar

Following the video, students will:

  • Write a descriptive sentence about the artwork
  • Think critically about 3 questions and write their answers
  • Write a brief story about advancements in technology


  • Think critically about why objects were used in the past
  • Write a descriptive sentence about the Jomon Jar
  • Write sentences with correct capitalization and punctuation
  • Write a story with a clear beginning, middle, and end


  • Video: The 5 W’s of Art: Jomon Jar (located at bottom of page)
  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil

Key Terms

  • Jomon jar
  • Jomon culture
  • Food storage
  • Hunter-gatherer
  • Japan
  • Cord-impressed pattern


The teacher will:

  • Play Jomon Jar video
  • Help students formulate descriptive sentences


Have students share what they wrote, either to the class or in small groups.




When we put all the facts together, we can create one sentence that describes an artwork.

Here is my sentence:

“This work of art is a jar made by the Jomon culture of Japan thousands of years ago.”

What is your 1 sentence about this artwork?



How would you describe this artwork? Use descriptive terms.

If you were making a jar, how would you decorate it?  

What would you store in your jar? 

What kind of storage containers might you find in your house? Are they decorated with designs?



The Jomon people did not have ziplock bags, Tupperware, or refrigerators to store their food. They were very clever to design the jars they made – and they made many!

Have your students write a story about a time when they did not have access to advanced technology, such as the power going out or camping. How did they make do? What did they do to fill the time?


Have extra time?

Print the coloring sheet and encourage students to decorate the jar and create scenery around it.

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