Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Today is Margaret Rey's birthday, the author of the Curious George books, so read one today to your students and talk about the author or one of her books!!!

here are sooooo many amazing lesson plans, books, ideas, activities and more at this site.  Check it out, especially if your school has students from Asian Pacific countries!

Learn about Confucianism, the philosophical system founded on the teaching of Confucius, which dominated the sociopolitical life of China for most of that country's history and largely influenced the cultures of Korea, Japan, and Indochina.

Daoism (Taoism)

Learn about Daoism (sometimes called Taoism), a movement that developed alongside Confucianism into both a philosophy and a religion, becoming one of the major belief systems in traditional China.

Chinese Exclusion Acts

The 1882, 1892, and 1902 Chinese Exclusion Acts deterred Chinese people from immigrating to America.


Indonesia is a nation made up of thousands of islands that stretch in a long arc and is the largest country of Southeast Asia in both area and population.

South Korea

The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is situated on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. Learn more.

Personal Perspective: Reflections on a Walk Through Chinatown

Lisa A. Lee discusses how race, language and culture connect to early childhood identity development based on her own Asian-American experience.

Activities and Resources

Ken Mochizuki Interview Transcript

Author Ken Mochizuki was interviewed by Scholastic students, parents, and teachers.

Asian Pacific American Heritage

A comprehensive online activity that explores the history and culture of Asian Americans, including true immigration stories.

Notable Asian Pacific Americans: An Asian Pacific American Heritage Activity

From a creator of Yahoo! to a famous musician, students can read the brief biographies of 10 Asian Americans who’ve made a difference.

Angel Island: Angel Island: An Asian Pacific American Heritage Activity

Students get a unique firsthand account of what it was like for a young girl to move from a small Chinese village to the U.S. in the 1930s.

Lesson Plans

So Many Inventions!

Shares a lesson about Chinese inventions and inventors involving students building and using their own compasses.

Comparing Lifestyles

Students learn about China from literature. Then they compare and contrast their lifestyle to the life of a Chinese child.

Lon Po Po: A Chinese Fairytale Lesson Plan

Allows students to compare the popular fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood to a similar Chinese tale, Lon Po Po. Explores the similarities and differences between the two cultures.

Unit Plans

Asian American History Teacher's Guide

Students learn that Asian immigrants were not quickly or easily accepted into the American way of life. This lesson teaches how Asian Americans overcame obstacles and contributed to our nation's history.

Exploring China

This unit introduces students to the culture of China. Students compare the U.S. to China and learn through literature and Internet resources.

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