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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Digital Library Lesson


Grade Levels:
3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1-2 class periods

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This digital library lesson works great in face-to-face and distance learning. Students will learn about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by discovering notable people, places, and foods of Asia. 

Needed to open and editGoogle Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents
Also needed: For the scavenger hunt, students will need crayons, markers, or colored pencils to color the illustrations.

This 57-slide lesson is editable in Google Slides and PowerPoint, and includes:

  • 57-slide lesson presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
    • All text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
    • 13 slides are for the guided lesson and/or whole class discussion slides about the seven continents, Asia, and different countries in Asia.
    • 41 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • Recommended Reads (1 slide/page)
    • All 12 recommended books in the presentation are also listed on a separate “Recommended Reads” list.
    • The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for high-quality, interesting books related to Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (May).
    • All titles were selected specifically for 2nd through 6th grades and received positive professional reviews.
  • Editable scavenger hunt (3 pages)
    • Students “hunt” for images and information in the “scrolling slides” part of the presentation. This gives students something to focus on during library checkout and downtime.
    • Includes 2 scavenger hunts. One is images only, and the other is images and text.
    • Answer key included.
  • Detailed explanation of how I have used themed library lessons like this one for story time on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
  • Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)
  • Elementary Library Lesson Plan in PDF format (not editable), aligned to:
    • 2018 AASL National School Library Standards for Learners, 
    • National Common Core ELA Standards, and
    • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

13 Library Lesson / Class Discussion Slides include:

  • Sign language slide and how-to sign link (“Asia”)
  • Introduction to Asia – Includes seven continents map, discussion of continents (largest, smallest, etc.)
  • Real photos of five Asian landmarks.
  • Every slide in the presentation is illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photos.

41 Digital Bulletin Board Slides include:

  • Biographical information about: Hazel Ying Lee (pilot), Anna May Wong (actor), and King Kamehameha I (Hawaiian king)
  • Asian foods: kimchi, hummus, samosas, borscht
  • More photos of Asian landmarks: The Winter Palace (Russia), Hapuna Beach (Hawaii), Manila North Cemetery (Philippines)
  • Importance of tigers in Korean mythology
  • Vocabulary words: immigrants and naturalization
  • This week’s birthdays
  • Weekly schedule and agenda
  • Checkout reminders (you add your own!)

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire – A.1. – A.2. 
  • Include – A.3. 
  • Explore – A.1. – A.2.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards – 
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.8.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10.

Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) – 
© Copyright 2019 Texas Education Agency.

  • TEKS LA.3.5.
  • TEKS LA.4.5.
  • TEKS LA.5.5.

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