Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – Elementary Library Lesson


Take your students on a trip to the Asian continent with this elementary library lesson for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May. Students will find Asia on a map, meet four notable Asian Americans, and see famous monuments and foods of Asia.

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  • Recommended for: Grades 2-5
  • Lesson Duration: 1-2 library lessons (about 50 minutes total)
  • Formats: PPT, Google Slides, PDF
  • Editable: YES, all text is editable

***Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The actual read-aloud story comes from you! I cannot include a recorded read-aloud due to copyright restrictions.


  • 52 PPT + Google™ Slides
  • List of 22 recommended Asia-themed read-alouds (1 page PDF — print and give to students, teachers, and parents)
  • Two scavenger hunt activities, differentiated (2 page PDF and PPT)
  • Scavenger hunt answer key (1 page PDF and PPT)
  • Detailed, pre-filled, editable lesson plan; includes CC, TEKS, and AASL Standards (2 pages, PDF and PPT)
  • Lesson tips and tricks (6 pages, PDF)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)


Part I is the whole-class discussion about the Asian continent. The slides walk you through the entire discussion, from start to finish.

It’s a great introduction to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and interesting places in Asia.

  • 4 recommended library read-alouds. Each book has a video recommendation to accompany the story. Two additional links are to easy how-to origami videos (butterfly and dog origami).
  • sign language slide and “how-to sign” video link (“Asia”)
  • What are the seven continents? (includes colorful continent map)
  • What continent is…largest? smallest? Which one do you live on?
  • May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • Real photos of Taj Mahal (India), Red Square (Russia), Angkor Wat (Cambodia), the Chocolate Hills (Philippines), and rice terraces (Vietnam)
  • 5 largest countries, 5 small countries, and 5 island countries in Asia
  • Slide for your read-aloud (paste the book cover on the slide).
  • Checkout reminders slide — add your own reminders!
  • “What Should We Do Now?” slide — This is very clear instructions on what students should be doing after the lesson.


The second part is the scrolling slides. Set them on a timer to scroll on a screen during library checkout. Students can use the scrolling slides to complete one of the two Scavenger Hunts.

All images and information in the slides relate to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

  • Asian foods: kimchi, hummus, samosas, borscht
  • More photos of Asian landmarks: The Winter Palace (Russia), Punalu’u Beach (Hawaii), Manila North Cemetery (Philippines), Mount Damavand (Iran), Mount Everest (Nepal/Tibet), Lake Baikal (Russia), Bruce Lee statue (Hong Kong), and the Great Wall of China
  • famous Asian Americans: Anna May Wong, Bruce Lee, I.M. Pei, Dwayne Johnson
  • extinct tigers in Korea (pair with When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller)
  • vocabulary words: immigrants and naturalization
  • 3 Would-You-Rathers and 1 This-or-That
  • 5 trivia questions with answers
  • this week’s birthdays
  • weekly schedule and agenda
  • checkout reminders (you add your own!)


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