Teaching today's class was a bit different. Since the words "germinate" and "sprout" are new words for first graders, I figured they would need to learn these words in English first. So, although I spoke in Japanese during the lesson, when it came to the words germinate and sprout, I would use the English word. Lots of gestures and facial expressions were used to explain these words. I showed a student's Brassica plant that didn't sprout yet and would show a concerned face and say, nanimo nai (nothing there) and follow it up with germinate! For sprout, I showed a student's Brassica plant that did sprout and say, atta (it's there) and follow it up with sprout.
Today was the first day I formally introduced writing to the science in Japanese class. They learned the hiragana for ku. Since く (ku) is fairly simple to write, most students had no problems.
Elementary School Teacher & Japanese Teacher in Honolulu, Hawaii; Ph.D in Education