The Ultimate Guide to Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

by | Sep 13, 2018

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

 

Books

 

I have an entire post on authentic books in Spanish for children, but here are some good quick picks as well:

Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes

 

I Am Latino: The Beauty in Me

 

Grandma’s Chocolate / El Chocolate De Abuelita 

 

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que crecio en el Bronx

 

Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez

 

 

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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Ideas and resources for Hispanic Heritage Month, for the home and classroom. A huge collection of printables, videos, lesson ideas, books, and activities to celebrate Hispanic Americans and the Spanish-speaking world. 

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