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Radical hunt: island hunt [Japanese]

TLF ID L1153

Search an island for clues to find a rare bird. Find kanji hidden near the things they represent. 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, 艹, 雨, 木 and 氵.
  • 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

  • Technical implementer
  • Script writer
  • 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
  • Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)
  • any - minimum version: Microsoft Edge (Windows); Default Android Browser
  • Google Chrome - minimum version: 35+ (Windows, macOS, Android)
  • Firefox - minimum version: 45+ (Windows & Mac)
  • ms-internet explorer - minimum version: 10+ (Windows)
  • Safari - minimum version: 7+ (Mac); Safari for iOS 9+ (iOS)
Operating systems
  • ms-windows - minimum version: Vista+
  • macos - minimum version: 10.9+
  • ios - minimum version: 9+
  • android - minimum version: 5+
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, 2016, except where indicated under Acknowledgements. Unless otherwise indicated, this material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence