Hispanic Heritage Month Teacher Resources

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Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage month lesson plans, activities, and activities for elementary and middle school students.
Hispanic Heritage Month starts September 15 and ends October 15. Celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of American citizens with Hispanic heritage in your classroom with this collection of fun lesson ideas, choice boards, and printable student activities.

Why Do We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?

Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the history, culture, contributions, and achievements of American citizens with ancestors from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. September 15 is a significant date for Hispanic heritage as it’s the anniversary of independence for the Latin countries of Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. During this month, Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18.

Hispanic Heritage Month: How To Celebrate in the Classroom

The study of Hispanic heritage offers the chance to explore many diverse and rich cultures during Hispanic Heritage Month. These printable hispanic heritage month activities, lesson plans, and references are the perfect for integrating the holiday across your curriculum. 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, and create your own musical instruments, learn about the Spanish-language influence on English, and much more.

Hispanic Heritage Month Choice Boards

These student choice activities will give your students plenty of opportunity to learn more about Hispanic heritage and culture

Hispanic Heritage Month Videos

View our short videos about Hispanic heritage, culture, and traditions. Extend your students' knowledge with the extension activities prepared for each video.

Printable Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

Teach your students about Hispanic heritage and increase their learning with these printables. Includes student activities such as a scavenger hunt, making a pinata, maracas, or panpipes, and learning about Mariachi music.

Lesson Plans for Hispanic Heritage Month

Our Lesson Plans will help students understand about Hispanic heritage with multicultural activities such as learning a dance and song in Spanish, different cultures' views on life and death, in particular the Day of the Dead, and more.

Spanish Resources

Help students learn about speaking Spanish with these resources. Includes a picture-word book and flash cards, printable mathematics and vocabulary exercises in Spanish, along with well-known children's stories.


Refer to our resources on Hispanic heritage to enhance your lessons. Includes reading passages about the different Spanish dialects, holidays, the influence of Spanish words in the English language, and more

Art Activities for Hispanic Heritage Month

Incorporate art activities into your lessons and class with student-created activities such as making Mexican holiday decoration or drawing a large tortilla, and more.

Music Activities for Hispanic Heritage Month

Music is an international language. Use our resources to enhance your lessons and teach students about Hispanic culture by making musical instruments such as a tunable drum, maracas, a guiro, and more.

Literature Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

Choose from these activities to help students expand their knowledge. Includes a reading passage with enrichment and internet activities, learning about diversity, and books about fiestas and the re-telling of the Cinderella story.

Social Studies Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

Explore Hispanic heritage connections using these social studies resources. Includes a study of Mexico's Day of the Dead origins and traditions, a quiz on the Aztec culture, and making musical instruments.

Recommended Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

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