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Hispanic Heritage Resources for Teachers

The study of Hispanic heritage offers you the chance to explore many diverse and rich cultures with your class during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15). These lesson plans, printables, activities, and references will enrich your classroom study. Read the book The House on Mango Street and Shadow of a Bull, learn about Mexico's Day of the Dead, play mariachi music, practice Spanish vocabulary, discover the customs and traditions of Hispanic heritage, play Puerto Rico's circle game, create your own musical instruments, learn about the Spanish-language influence on English, and much more.

Educational Videos

Day of the Dead Videos & Activities

Printables

Mexican-American Mariachi Music
La Causa: Cesar Chavez
Make a Tunable Drum
Making a Piñata
Making a Maraca
Reading Warm-Up for Gr. 1 & 2: Christmas Tamales
More Hispanic-Heritage Printables

Lesson Plans

Traditional Circle Game from Puerto Rico
Picasso's Guernica
Mexico's Day of the Dead
Hispanic Rhythmic Patterns and Drums
Introduction to the Panpipe

References

Spanish Place Names
The Spanish Language Has Many Accents
English Words Created by Spanish Culture
Where in the World Is Spanish Spoken?
Hispanic National Holidays
U.S. Hispanic/Latino Population
Amazing Language Facts
Ancestry of U.S. Population by Rank, 2001
Ten Most Widely Spoken Languages in the World
Hispanics in Congress

Art Activities

Picasso's Guernica
Spanish Word Book
Salvador Dalí Research Activity
Easy-to-Make Fiesta Favorites
The Biggest Tortilla

Spanish Resources

Spanish Vocabulary Worksheets
Spanish Vocabulary Challenge: Math Problems
Team Teaching Spanish
Dora the Explorer Coloring Page (English/Spanish)
Spanish Vocabulary Challenge: Body Parts
What Time Do You Get Up? (¿A qué hora te levantas?)
At the Restaurant (En el restaurante)
Dora the Explorer: Weather Activity (Spanish)
More Popular Spanish-Language Resource

Music Activities

Introduction to Mariachi Music
Mexican-American Mariachi Music
Make a Tunable Drum
Making a Maraca
Making Panpipes
Rhythms and TUBS Notation for Hispanic Drumming
Making a Guiro
More Hispanic-Heritage Music Activities

Literature Resources

The House on Mango Street
The Race of Toad and Deer
Go and Come Back
Adelita: A Cinderella Story
Star of Luis
Fiestas: A Year of Latin American Songs of Celebration
Selecting Hispanic-American Books: Language Choices
More Hispanic-Heritage Literature Resources

Social Studies Resources

The House on Mango Street
Picasso's Guernica
Mexico's Day of the Dead
Mexican-American Mariachi Music
Make a Tunable Drum
Making a Maraca
Mexico Quiz
More Popular Hispanic-Heritage Resources for Social Studies

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