Elementary Library Lesson -- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


This 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. Includes 57 slides and two scavenger hunts.

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Recommended for: Grades 2-6

Number of pages: 61

Editable: Yes, all text is editable

Formats: PPT, Google Slides, and PDF

Duration: 1-2 class periods (45 minutes each)



  • 57 total PPT + Google™ Slides
    • 13 slides are whole class discussion slides about the seven continents, Asia, and countries in Asia
    • 41 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
    • all text is editable
  • Scavenger hunt (3 pages)–Students can complete these as they watch the presentation. They are looking for information and objects. Includes two hunts, one easier and one more difficult. Text is editable. Includes answer key.
  • Recommended reading (1 page)–This is a printable list of the books featured in the presentation. Text is editable, so you can tailor it to your library collection.
  • Detailed explanation of how I have used themed library lessons like this one for storytime on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)


13 Class Discussion Slides Include:

  • sign language slide and “how-to” video link (“Asia”)
  • What are the seven continents?
  • What continent is…largest? smallest? Which one do you live on?
  • Photos of Taj Mahal (India), Red Square (Russia), Wat Arun (Thailand), the Chocolate Hills (Philippines), and rice terraces (Vietnam)
  • Every slide in the presentation is illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photographs.


Digital Bulletin Board Slides include:

  • 41 slides for Grades 2-6
  • 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)
  • the 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!)


Scavenger Hunt:

  • two versions, differentiated
  • gives students something to look for while slides scroll
  • editable text in PowerPoint and PDF


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