Resources for National Hispanic* Heritage Month
By National Hall of Fame Teacher Alan Haskvitz
From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, America observes National Hispanic Heritage Month. This observation began in 1968 as National Hispanic Heritage Week, but it was expanded in 1988 to include the entire month-long period. To help educators and parents with this observance, I have put together free resources to help undestand the significance of the month and tie it in with Common Core reading and writing reqirements.
One of the official sites
Smithsonian Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Resources for Teachers
Hispanic Heritage Music Resources
You may be asked to register.
Other lessons related to Hispanic history
The Aztecs – Mighty Warriors of Mexico
Aztecs Find a Home: The Eagle has Landed
A unit of study about the founding of the Aztecs capital, Tenochtitlan
A encompassing view of how Europeans controlled the natives.
Cortez and the Aztecs: Different Points of View
Great for Common Core lessons
Couriers in the Inca Empire
A lesson about the communications of the time period. For elementary age students.
Teaching with Historic Places
Excellent site with a v ariety of lessons from the National Park Service
Culture and History Through the Use of Children’s Literature – This site has three simple lesson plans to provide examples of what can be done for this month using literature as a base. Not for everyone.
Hispanic Culture and People
Andes Manta – From the Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge celebration of Latin American arts
Students can create own clickable map of Mexico
Latin America Data Base
Good resoucres for creating Common Core math lessons
Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo Activities
Large number of lessons
Mr. Donn’s Cinco de Mayo Lessons
Large variety of lessons for all age levels
History of Mexican Independence Day
*Full Definition of HISPANIC
1.of or relating to the people, speech, or culture of Spain or of Spain and Portugal
2. of, relating to, or being a person of Latin American descent living in the United States; especially : one of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin