Posted on May 23, 2010 by Big Universe in Reading Lists.
On April 29, 2010, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Proclamation declaring May 2010 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The proclamation begins:
“For centuries, America’s story has been tied to the Pacific. Generations of brave men and women have crossed this vast ocean, seeking better lives and opportunities, and weaving their rich heritage into our cultural tapestry. During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we celebrate the immeasurable contributions these diverse peoples have made to our Nation.”
Looking for a readaloud? Grace Lin’s Ugly Vegetables is always a favorite! Lin wrote this story based upon her experiences gardening with her mother as a child. She and her mother grew “ugly” Chinese vegetables while the other people in her neighborhood grew beautiful flowers. This book will spark discussions of culture, community, & diverstiy. It also includes a pronunciation guide for the Chinese Vegetables in the story as well as a recipe at the end of the book.
- Author, Grace Lin’s Website Activities, coloring page, lesson plan, reader’s theater script, soup recipe, & a Chinese vocabulary lesson.
- Behind the story History of how the story was created and a picture of the author with her mom.
- McGraw-Hill Activities Students will practice oral language, spelling & vocabulary, and research & inquiry skills while playing interactive games.
- Grants for School and Youth Gardens Check out this list of grants on the National Gardening Association website.
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