Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Great Free Resources to Help Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month


Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th through October 15th each year. When I taught ESL students at my school in Anchorage more than 30% of my bilingual students were Hispanic. I also had a tutor from the Dominican Republic and would not have survived my 9 years without him. Cerami was the warmest and kindest man and gave so much to our school, the parents and the community. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage month was always something we looked forward to. Cerami would organize a faculty luncheon with yummy Hispanic food, the music teacher would teach Hispanic songs and all the classes would add art work or reports to our display at the main office hallway. Our students would learn about famous Hispanic Americans that contributed so much to our country. Having so many students from the Dominican they all wanted to grow up to be Sammy Sosa. Of course the celebration would not be complete without my teaching my students the Macarena and inviting the Director of Elementary Education to come and dance with us, which she did. In case you would like to teach it to your students , here's a "How To" video.
                          

 There are some wonderful websites where you can find great resources such as Smithsonian Education. You can access it by clicking on the image below.


You can find more resources and lessons at Education World. Just click on the image below:

How about some interactive whiteboard games by Scholastic? Just click below.

I always had my students make a Hispanic Country Book. Even if they were very limited in their speaking or writing abilities they could draw their country's map, flag, and special foods. You can get a free copy by clicking on the image below. Check out this great website for finding information about the 21 Hispanic American Countries.of Origin. Your students will find lots of information for their country report on this website.

You can check out my complete "Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month" Unit by clicking on the picture below. I have just revised and updated it. It includes an original Shared Reading Book, Reading Texts and Comprehension Questions at the 2nd and 3rd grade levels, Picture/Fact cards, Writing Activities and more. Please download the preview to see all the materials and activities in this unit.



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What kinds of activities do you do to cerebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?


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