September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic American Heritage Month
Did you know that Hispanic American Heritage Month is coming up soon?
Spending time teaching your students about different heritages and people groups is so beneficial and important. I have noticed my students grow in their empathy and understanding of other cultures.
Hispanic American Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 - October 15 each year. The purpose of this month is to celebrate and honor the achievements of Hispanics.
We are all busy and our schedules are filled to the max. I have found it works best for me to tie celebrating heritage months in with my class's reading and/or writing block.
First, I introduce the heritage month with students. This can be done with a video, like the one at the beginning of the student slideshow or with a read aloud.
Hispanic American Heritage Month Read Aloud Ideas:
Carmela Full of Wishes - Matt De la Peña
A Birthday Basket for Tia - Pat Mora
Alma and How She Got Her Name - Juana Martinez-Neal
After I've introduced the importance of this month, I have found it best for my students to be able to explore on their own. Just searching on Google has not led to the best results, so I created this digital activity.
It can be used with Google Slides and assigned through Google Classroom or it can be assigned through Teachers Pay Teacher's Easel program.
Students can read and watch videos about important Hispanic Americans. The articles and videos are all kid friendly and I feel so much better with my students exploring on this resource vs Google.
There are 12 featured Hispanic Americans in this resource. Students can click on the buttons on each slide to learn more about each person.
Then, students can answer questions about what they've learned.
There are also different activities for early finishers at the end of the slideshow.
Easy Ways to Incorporate this Into Your Classroom:
Have your students explore the slideshow and answer the reflection questions. Use the reflection questions to lead a whole-class discussion.
Have students pick one person to research in depth and then write a short summary of that person's life.
Have students pick one person to research and then create a poster featuring his or her important accomplishments.
Have your students write a biography about one of the Hispanic American heroes highlighted in this resource.
Assign three slides per week from September 15 to October 15 and spend time researching them with your class.