One of the classes we watched was gakkatsu. I am not quite sure I understand what gakkatsu and seikatsu are (or even why there are two of them- can anyone fill me in?) but they seem to be when the teacher has the freedom to teach something they like. It's also when they fit in the subjects that they study less than once a week (and so are therefore not given schedule space.) Today's gakkatsu seemed to be an ethics class. They watched the teacher do a puppet show about a big grumpy wolf who wouldn't let anyone cross his bridge. He frightened away a poor rabbit, a kangaroo and a cat. Then one day an even bigger animal- a bear- came to cross the bridge. The wolf started out all angry and mean but got scared and was going to run away himself when the bear said 'No need to run away, If I pick you up and swap places with you we can both cross the bridge at the same time.' The kids had a print with some thought bubbles and they had to write what the wolf thought when the bear did that.
The kids took turns standing and reading their responses:
"He was happy the bear was friendly to him"
"He thought he should have been nicer to the other animals"
"He was grateful"
Then it was Meg's turn:
"He was a little scared that the bear was so big"
Kudos to the teacher he didn't correct her but said that yes, the wolf may have thought that, too.