Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated in May. Use our lessons, printables, and activities to explore the art, food, music, and writing of these great cultures. You will find handouts on Asian instruments, references on the history of tea, reading lists for the study of Asian-American history, and plenty of activities for celebrating Chinese New Year. These resources are also great to incorporate across your curriculum for Diversity Awareness Month (October).

Printables

Teach your students about Asian-Pacific-American cultures and traditions with these printables. Includes making musical instruments, Chinese New Year puppets, and mooncakes.

Lesson Plans

Our Lesson Plans will help students understand more about Asian-Pacific-American heritage with activities such as paper making, learning about Chinese money using simple algebraic equations, and more.

Quizzes

Test your students' knowledge about Asian-Pacific-American heritage with this printable multiple-choice quiz.

References

Refer to our resources on Asian-Pacific-American heritage to enhance your lessons and extend students' learning. Some activities included in the reference information.

Chinese New Year Resources

Students will enjoy learning about the Chinese New Year with these resources. Includes hands-on activities such as making musical instruments, creating a story cloth, and more.

Asian-American Food Resources

Use these resources to expand your teaching strategies and lessons about Asian-American foods. Let Asian-American students bring foods they eat at home to share with the class.

Asian-American Art Activities

Incorporate fun art activities with your lessons on Asian-Pacific-American heritage and increase learning with student created paper and musical instruments.

Asian-American Music Activities

Music is an international language. Use our resources to enhance your lessons and teach students about Asian-Pacific-American cultures by making musical instruments such as an erhu and koto, as well as learning about Asian-Pacific music.

Literature Resources for Asian-American History

Choose from these activities to help students expand their knowledge. Includes a reading passage with discussion questions and extension activities, learning about cultural diversity, and different genres of literature.

Language Arts & Asian-American History Connected

Interconnect these Language Arts activities with your lessons on Asian-Pacific-American heritage to enhance students’ learning. Includes paper making, reading passages on Chinese immigration and their experiences in new places, and more.

Asian-American Resources for History Class

Explore Asian-Pacific-American connections and expand your students' learning using these history resources. Includes making a koto, reading passages about the Asian experiences in new places, and more.

Browse Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month Resources

World War II Japanese Relocation Centers

During World War II, nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans were under lock and key

by Ricco Villanueva Siasoco and Shmuel Ross

On February 19, 1942, soon after the beginning of World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. The evacuation order commenced the round-up of 120,000 Americans of Japanese heritage to one of 10 internment camps—officially called "relocation centers"—in California, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arkansas.

Favorite Chinese New Year Printables Slideshow, Grades K-8

Learn all about the Chinese New Year, with these printable references, lessons, and activities. Your students will enjoy discovering a new culture and its traditions. There are art activities, quizzes, historical resources, literature guides, and more!

Mooncakes

A Step from Heaven

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Please Note: this material was created for use in a classroom, but can be easily modified for homeschooling use.

Asian-American Heritage Through Literature

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Asian-American Heritage Through Literature

Exposure to Asian-American literature should be integrated throughout the school year, but May's Asian-American Heritage Month focus is a good time for more in-depth study.

Creating a Balanced Collection

Our children need books that are culturally sensitive and offer authentic images of Asians and Asian-Americans. They need access to a balanced set of books that show all kinds of backgrounds and experiences. It is important to keep the following issues in mind:

The Art of Feng Shui

The Art of Feng Shui

As Asian culture becomes more popular in the United States, the ancient Chinese method of creating a harmonious environment, feng shui, is also gaining ground. Pronounced "fung shway," feng shui literally means "wind and water." Its roots are 5,000 years old.

Feng shui seeks to promote prosperity, good health, and general well-being by examining how energy, qi (pronounced "chee,") flows through a particular room, house, building, or garden.