Hispanic Heritage Month Photo Challenge & IG Story Templates

Hispanic Heritage Month Photo Challenge & IG Story Templates

Inside: Free Instagram story templates in Spanish and photo challenge. 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates Americans with Hispanic roots. I like teaching about the famous ones, sure. 

But what I really love is honoring the everyday people, with their myriad of connections and roots in Spanish-speaking places. 

I’m from the U.S., technically without my own “Hispanic heritage.” When I married my Peruvian husband, our cultures began to blend of course. Spanglish become our official home language; U2 and Maná shared equal space on the airwaves. He learned to love The Office and I learned that Karaoke was a legitimate date night option. 

What cemented it all was our first baby. My job changed from just embracing Latino culture to passing on Latino culture.

Both of my kids were born in the US, which meant that preserving their Hispanic heritage wouldn’t just happen by accident. And as much as their natural confidence, rhythm, and athletic ability are straight from their papi, I’ve been the one who checked bilingual books out from the library, made sure to put José Luis Orozco CDs in the van, and researched all the fingerplays and rhymes I could find. I think it’s just my personality, or the teacher in me– these things are always in the back of my mind!

Whether you have Hispanic roots, yourself, or are connected through teaching, children, partners, travel, or close friends, you probably can relate to this beautiful bicultural, bilingual mess of life. So I’m inviting you to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a fun Instagram challenge!

 

Instagram Challenge: #projectHHM

 

I wanted a fun way to keep HHM it in the spotlight and connect with our amazing online community. So, together with Allison from Mis Clases Locas and Frances from Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, we’re launching a fun Instagram Challenge TOMORROW, September 20! 

Each day you can follow the daily post challenge, and tag us with the hashtag #projectHHM. The challenge will run for 15 days. Here are the photo ideas- be creative and have fun!

 

If you want to use the IG Story Templates, grab them here:

I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! The intersection of Latino culture with U.S. culture is a rich one. I will be featuring a few photos here, throughout the next two months. Remember to use the hashtag so I can find you!

Right now, make sure to follow the three accounts that are hosting #projecHHM:

 

 

 

 

For extra fun, we will sharing Instagram story templates that go with each day’s theme, and help us get to know each other better. I will be uploading here each day, or you can watch our IG stories and screenshot from there. 

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

The Ultimate Guide to Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

Inside: A round-up of Hispanic Heritage Month activities and ideas.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th – October 15th, is the perfect chance to celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Americans and celebrate Hispanic culture in general.

There are a lot of materials out there! I’ve been scouring the internet for the best resources and fun ideas, and gathered them here. Let me know in the comment if I missed one of your favorites.  

Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

Hispanic Heritage

 

Easy & Fun Ideas

 

  • Don’t have time for a big project or event? Do something bite-sized every day. Work culture into your daily bellringer (song, poem, mini-biographies, fun facts, geography), put up a bulletin board with artifacts, quotes, or biographies in the background, or pull out your authentic books in Spanish for children. 

 

  • Assign a simple project about famous Hispanic Americans. Fun for Spanish Teachers describes a really good poster project that includes a QR code where students link to a voice recording. 

 

  • Create a school-wide event that features Latin food, music, traditional games, country-themed tables, or dancing. Consider doing a Taco Truck Day and/or an activity to contrast typical tacos in the U.S. with authentic tacos. 

 

  • Get the whole school involved throughout the month. Do trivia with prizes over the morning announcements, or have fun little games by the office or in the lunchroom (idea from the FB group Spanish Teachers in the U.S: “How many frijoles in the jar, flan flavor guessing contest, piñata on the last day, etc.”)

 

 

  • Coordinate with other teachers to emphasize Hispanic Heritage awareness. Talk with the art teacher about incorporating an artisan craft or studying a Hispanic artist. 

 

  • Invite community members to talk or share something culture (a dance lesson, cooking lesson, craft, childhood stories, etc.)

 

  • Use this month to teach Spanish-speaking countries and capitals. (A free game card set is available in the printable section below.)

 

 

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There are lots of infographics, songs, and video clips you can use during Hispanic Heritage Month. Here are some ideas:

Credit: H&R Block

Credit: NBC News

 

Movies

 

This is the perfect time to show a movie that showcases Hispanic culture. Here’s where to find them!

Movies to show in class:

The Ultimate List of Movies for Spanish Class from Secondary Spanish Space (includes ratings, and a brief synopsis). 

G and PG Movies in Spanish from Spanish Mama

Movies for teachers/adults or need editing for class:

Movies from Spain on Netflix

Movies from Argentina on Netflix

Movies from Argentina on Netflix

movies set in Spain

COUNTRY DISPLAYS

 

Here are some ideas if you want to showcase Hispanic countries. Thank you to Alaid Zepol, from JLSimpson MS in Leesburg, VA for sharing pictures from their 2nd International Night!

 

Songs for Hispanic Heritage Month

 

Music is an excellent way to share language and culture at the same time. There are so many songs you could use this month! Check out my All-Time Classic Songs in Spanish, or Folk Songs in Spanish for Kids, or choose from the few I’ve featured below:

 

La Gozadera

Celebrate Latin American countries in this happy song. If the isn’t appropriate for your school, consider using a version that just features the lyrics. 

 

Guantanamera

Expose your students to one of the great classics in Spanish, by the legendary Celia Cruz.

 

La Bamba

La Bamba isn’t just one of the most famous songs in Spanish, it features a Chicano artist who bridged Mexico and the US.

 

De Colores

A traditional song for children, De Colores is a beautiful and classic Hispanic song that can be enjoyed by all ages. 

 

 

 

Hispanic Heritage Crafts & Culture 

 

nazca-lines-craft

Do a Nazca Lines Project from Peru 

Mexican Folk Art Paintings from Kid World Citizen 

Create a Mola from Panama from Kid World Citizen 

Create a Diego Rivera Mural from Kid World Citizen

Learn About Weaving from Guatemala from Kid World Citizen

Make a Paper Arpillera from Mundo de Pepita 

Make Guatemalan Worry Dolls with DTWTMSE

 

Hispanic Heritage Printables & Lessons

 

Teaching for Change information, quiz, and resources.

Lessons, activities, printables, and quizzes from the NEA: Grades K-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.    

Grab a free poster at Speaking Latino.

Hispanic countries and capitals game

Download my free card games for Spanish-speaking countries and capitals

Who are Latinos? lesson from PBS, for grades 4-12. 

Interactive lesson from PBS on “Latinos Share Their Experiences

14 Things Latinos Gave to the US. This would be a great source for trivia!

Instagram Tourist Accounts by Country from Spanish Plans. 

 Credit: @COLOMBIA

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Videos

 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Google Arts:

 

How Pitbull’s Cuban-American family came to the U.S:

 

Hispanic Heritage Month from young Disney Stars:

 

Kids Talk About Hispanic Heritage Month (in English):

 

Latino Learning Modules (explains the terms Hispanic, Latino, and Chicano):

 

HBO’s the Latin Explosion is not available full-length on YouTube, though clips are available by artist. This preview might be a fun intro to Latino music in the US, as a way to kick off the month or music study. If you buy the full-length video, preview (especially for drug mentions.)

 

Video in English, mostly text:

 

 

 

Recommended TpT Elementary Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended TpT Upper School Resources

 

 

 

 

 

Credit: @Sra. Roca- Mi tiendita hispana

Famous Faces Collaborative Poster

 

Food and Recipes

 

Pico de Gallo Receta from Mundo de Pepita

 

 

 

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Día de Muertos Bulletin Boards and Displays

Día de Muertos Bulletin Boards and Displays

Inside: Bulletin boards, ofrends, and Day of the Dead decorations in Spanish Classrooms. 

 

Decorations for Día de Muertos are a welcome alternative to the chile peppers and sombreros we often see in Spanish classroom decor. Many teachers embrace the holiday as more deeply rooted in Latino traditions than Cinco de Mayo, for example. Though Day of the Dead isn’t celebrated in every part of the Spanish-speaking world, it is widely celebrated across Latin America and a good way to bring culture into the classroom. 

As with any religious holidays, Day of the Dead has to be handled with care. It’s an interesting chance to explore religious traditions and compare/contrast with Halloween here in the U.S. (If you are looking for classroom ideas, check out my post on Día de los muertos activities!)

If you have students who have recently experience loss, you may need to tread carefully. Some teachers use the day as it was intended, and intentionally create a space for grieving students to reach out and remember their loved ones. 

The teacher below did just that, to remember a student in her own school community. “Altar de muertos dedicado a uno de los estudiantes que perdió la vida en un accidente el año pasado.” 

 

Credit: Alicia Chávez Bartlett

 

You know your own students and community best, but it’s sometimes helpful to see what others are doing. 

If YOU have pictures of Day of the Dead decorations, bulletin boards, or ofrenda you’d like featured, please send me an email or message and let me know!

 

Día de Muertos Bulletin Boards and Displays

 

We’ll start off with bulletin boards and displays that teachers set up to share about the holiday. 

Credit: Diana García

Credit: Taina García 
Twitter: @tgarciaspanish

Credit: Itzel Cedillo

Credit: Tania Dee

 

Or how about going Coco-themed for your Day of the Dead bulletin board?

 

 

Día de Muertos Ofrenda Projects

 

Many teachers assign making ofrenda as a project. Several Spanish teachers shared the gorgeous work their students created, and I love seeing their creativity. 

Credit: Allysen Clancy
Twitter: @LamphereSpanish, #wearelamphere

Credit: Anne Baker

Credit: Kimberly Perez
School: Cypress Park High School

 

Día de Muertos Celebrations

 

Credit: Claudia Di Crosta

Claudia shared these pictures of the celebration she’s organized at her school. She says, 

“We decorate the room with all different projects my students make, and we create a life size altar on the stage where the students and staff can display the pictures of their loved ones. Then we have a fiesta, our baking students bake/decorate skull shaped cookies and Día de los Muertos bread, our culinary students make us rice and pulled chicken and then we eat, dance, and share stories about our deceased loved ones. We have been featured in our local newspaper the past 3 years.”

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Ideas Para Día de la Madre in Spanish Class

Ideas Para Día de la Madre in Spanish Class

Inside: A collection of ideas para Día de la Madre. 

 

Mother’s day is a big deal around the world, and a huge deal in Latin America. Whether you’re a dad hoping for some ideas, or a Spanish teachers looking for activities to do in class, I’ve found lots of fun ideas to celebrate moms/mamis/abuelas this year. 

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Ideas Para Día de la Madre

dia de la madre

Books / Libros

 

Easy & Fun Ideas

 

 

  • Make cards! Make acrostic poems from the letters in “MAMA” or use one of the freebies below!

 

Día de la Madre Cards in Spanish

 

Tarjetitas para ‘El Día de la Madre” from Fun for Spanish Teachers

Gorgeous printable cards for Día de la Madre from Spanish Playground

List of Phrases for Mother’s Day in Spanish from Spanish Playground

Regalos para Día de la Madre

 

 

 

 Songs/Canciones and Videos

 

Mamá te quiero mucho – Mother’s Day Song in Spanish 

 

 

Mamá yo quiero

 

 

Mami

 

La canción del Día de la Madre – Song for Mother’s Day

 

 

¿Dónde está mamita linda?

 

 

El día de la madre – La Colmena Feliz

 

 

Día de la Madre en Juarez, Mexico

 

Ideas para Día de la Madre 

 

What other ideas do you love for celebrating Mother’s Day in Spanish? Let me know in the comments below!

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Cinco de Mayo Activities for Spanish Class

Cinco de Mayo Activities for Spanish Class

Inside: A round-up of Cinco de Mayo activities for the Spanish classroom. 

 

Cinco de Mayo is a weird day if you’re a Spanish teacher. On the one hand, you might recoil at the mass production of stereotypes: sombreros, margaritas, and moustaches will undoubtedly abound May 5th. This is what you get when you type “Cinco de Mayo” into Amazon:

 

On the other, hand, there’s huge interest in the day in general. It’s a great chance to bust common myths and stereotypes, and guide your students to authentic Mexican culture. You can make sure your students understand it’s not  Mexico’s independence day (that’s September 16), and teach some of real history behind the day. 

The explanation as to why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated so widely in the U.S. is a bit muddied. Some speculate the reasons go back to California during the war with France, the Chicano Power movement in the 60’s, or beer companies that hijacked the holiday in the 80’s. In some places, Latinos are proactively planning events and naming it “Semana de la Raza.”

While the holiday may not be a big deal in Mexico–outside of Puebla, maybe– I think it makes sense to acknowledge the day within U.S. classrooms. Many Mexicans here have taken up the custom of celebrating Cinco de Mayo as a chance to celebrate their heritage and home country, with large festivals in states like Texas. 

Whatever you end up doing, I have collected a ton of resources so you can celebrate or include Cinco de Mayo activities authentically in your Spanish classroom. 

If you’re unsure of the history behind the day or why we should tread with caution, I recommend reading these articles:

Cinco de Mayo Myths and Facts 

Re-thinking Cinco de Mayo

Why I Celebrate Cinco de Mayo from Fun for Spanish Teachers

Cinco de Mayo Activities & Resources

Ideas for the Classroom

 

  • Learn about La Batalla de Puebla. I’ve gathered lots of videos, infographs, and links. Remember that the history of the Battle is complicated (as history always is). 

 

  • Choose to highlight authentic Mexican culture in general. If you do this, you can study how Cinco de Mayo was latched onto by Chicano activists in the 60’s, and has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage (or even Latino in general). Below you’ll find links for culture-rich crafts, art, music, and activities. 

 

  • If you have a Spanish club, you could make goodie baskets and deliver them to local Mexican restaurants for the employees (who are about to be inundated). This could be a cute wrap-up to a study of misconceptions about Cinco de Mayo, and how it has evolved in the U.S. (I saw this idea in a FB group!)

 

  • Compare/contrast St. Patrick’s Day with Cinco de Mayo and how the two holidays interact with immigration, pride in one’s roots and history, and commercialization.

 

  • Study and discuss the evolution of Mexican food in the U.S., and find examples of authentic dishes. If you live in an area with food trucks that offer authentic food, bring one to school for an in-school Spanish class field trip.

 

ideas for field trip in spanish class

 

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1901 poster for Cinco de Mayo by Jose Guadalupe Posada. Credit: WikiCommons

Charge of the Mexican Cavalry at the Battle of Puebla by Mike Manning. Credit: Wiki Commons 

Credit: NOTiMEX, Monografía Estatal: Secretaria de Educación Pública Gobierno del Estado de Puebla, Diseño: Juan Hernández López

Credit: Noticias Mundo Fox

For more: 

 

Cinco de Mayo Activities

 

For Kids

 

Free mini-book about Mexico from Fun for Spanish Teachers

8 Kid-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Activities from Kid World Citizen

If you need a craft but want to get beyond sombreros and tacos, consider one of these activities:

Folk Art: Amate Painting from Kid World Citizen

Learn about Frida Kahlo and do self-portraits from Kid World Citizen

Learn about the Mexican Flag from Kid World Citizen

 

Older Students

 

Here are some free lesson aids and printables:

10 Misconceptions about Spanish Language and its Speakers PPT from Spanish Plans

Cinco de Mayo Jigsaw Puzzle from The Comprehensible Classroom (reviews history and facts)

Cinco de Mayo Jigsaw Puzzle freebie from TpT

If you are looking to purchase lesson plans, I recommend this pack from The Comprehensible Classroom:

Cinco de Mayo Jigsaw Puzzle

Songs

 

May is the perfect month to highlight some authentic Mexican songs. While the rest of the U.S is eating chips and salsa (and thinking they’re celebrating Mexico’s independence), your students can highlight rich Mexican music with deep cultural roots. There are a TON of good songs; here are a few classics I love.

Cielito Lindo

 

Los Caminos de la Vida

 

Mexico Lindo y Querido

 

 

Spanish Videos

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Videos

 

 

Cinco de Mayo Activities 

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  • 1901 poster for Cinco de Mayo by Jose Guadalupe Posada | WikiCommons
  • Battle of Puebla by Mike Manning | WikiCommons
  • By AlejandroLinaresGarcia (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Common

 

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Latin Christmas Songs: Your Essential Spanish Playlist

Latin Christmas Songs: Your Essential Spanish Playlist

Inside: Latin Christmas songs playlist to celebrate with family and friends. 

 

Whether you like to turn on the Christmas songs in October or you prefer to wait for December, there’s nothing to bring on Navidad nostalgia like music. I grew up listening to classic English carols and the likes of Frank Sinatra, but I’ve expanded the repertoire since marrying my Peruvian husband. Now there’s twice as much festivity, with a little more cha-cha-cha thrown in. 

Also: see Christmas Songs for Kids and Free Winter Holiday Cards in Spanish.

 

Latin Christmas Songs Playlist

This list is a mix of original Spanish songs, villancicos, and ones that are familiar to English speakers as well. Some are religious and some aren’t; some are old classics and some are recent covers. (If you’re a teacher and are looking for a non-Christmas song, skip to the end for a great Latin Hanukkah song.) Below are my top picks from YouTube, or you can turn on my Spotify playlist. 

Grab a mug a of chocolate and curl up for some Christmas cheer!

 

1. Mi burrito sabanero (Juanes)

 

It’s really not a Latin playlist without this classic. And Juanes nails it!

 

2. Los Peces en el Río (Pandora)

 

This is an original Spanish song that you’ll hear again and again during the Christmas season. 

 

3. Feliz Navidad (Michael Bublé y Thalia)

 

Obviously, Feliz Navidad. Thanks to this song, basically everybody knows how to say Christmas in Spanish. I adore the version by Michael Bublé and Thalia!

 

4. Hacia Belén Va Una Burra Rin Rin (Gaby Moreno)

 

Gaby Moreno’s entire Posadas album is excellent, but I choose this one because it was new to me, and captures that mix of Latin rhythm and advent-feel. 

 

5. Blanca Navidad (Matisse ft. Arthur Hanlon)

 

Here’s a fresh cover of Blanca Navidad that will get your toes tapping. Try the version by Andrea Bocelli if you love a more classic sound. 

 

6. Campanas de Navidad (Celia Cruz)

 

Throwback to older days of salsa-inspired music with this song by Celia Cruz. 

 

7. Noche de paz (Laura Pausini)

 

Beautiful, of course, from Laura Pausini (I like the Matisse cover as well). 

 

8. Campana Sobre Campana (Pandora)

 

It’s hard to beat Pandora’s version of Campana Sobre Campana. 

 

9. Ven a mi casa esta Navidad (Luis Aguile)

 

Luis Aguile’s Ven a mi casa esta Navidad is a must-listen-to and sure to bring back memories. 

 

10. Allá en el pesebre (Aliento ft. Majo Solis)

 

Beautiful, reverent cover of the traditional carol Away in a Manger (villancico). Listen to this one on Christmas eve. 

 

11. El Niño de Tambor/ El Tamborilero (Pandora)

 

There are tons of great options for this songs (Don Omar has a good cover), but this version is classic. 

 

12. Canción para la Navidad (José Luis Perales)

 

 

13. Adestes fideles (Andrea Bocellia)

 

To end on a more majestic note, O Come Let Us Adore Him in Spanish is a beautiful song. 

 

15. Ocho Kandelikas – Latin Hanukkah Remix

 

To round out the holidays, here’s a great version of Ocho Kandelikas, in honor of Hanukkah.

 

Hope you enjoyed my picks for essential Latin Christmas Songs! What did I miss on your playlist? Let me know in the comments below.

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