Did you know that May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month?! Use this opportunity to introduce your students to some notable Asian Americans and their contributions to our country and world.
Here are ways to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month!
Read and Learn About Asian Cultures
There are so many wonderful books available to teach students about different Asian cultures. Below is a roundup of my personal favorites! Click on the image for all the details and links to these books.
Research and Share
One of the best ways for students to learn is to encourage them to choose their own notable AAPI figure and create a poster to share! Students simply read and record some facts on the figure. Afterwards, students will share their learning on a poster as the one below.
Learn and Color
Get young students excited about learning more with these easy coloring sheets! Simply print and encourage students to choose their sheet to read and color to display!
Read and Answer
Test your students’ reading comprehension skills by reading these brief biographies of 10 notable AAPI figures together then have them answer the simple questions!
If you would like for your students to learn more of notable and distinguished Asian Americans, here’s a fun DIGITAL resource with biographical information and recording sheets!
This resource highlights the lives and works of Maya Lin, Steve Chen, Michio Kaku, Eugene H. Trinh, and Michelle Kwan!
Once your students have become more familiar famous Asian Americans, encourage them to research another famous and distinguished Asian American of their choice independently with this FREEBIE!
SmithsonianAPA – The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center has wonderful resources for teachers including articles, short animated films, book recommendations, interviews, links to original poems, music, and more on various Asian American cultures.
Library of Congress– The LOC is also an amazing resource with articles, images, manuscripts, maps, sound files, classroom materials, Professional Development and more on Asian Pacific Americans!
*Background of Cover from FOXYdigitalart Watercolor