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Gear up for National Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrate the histories and cultural contributions of Americans with ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and other locations. The observance starts September 15 to commemorate the anniversary of independence for many Latin American countries: Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. Mexico and Chile celebrate Independence Day on September 16th and September 18th.
A Month of Ideas for Celebrating Hispanic Heritage
Discover many ideas for building community connections while celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. The straight-forward suggestions found in this resource offer many opportunities to engage and extend learning through peer-to-peer and global interactions.
Hispanic Historic Places
Check out this site from the National Park Service that shows several historic sites associated with Hispanic culture in America. There are also lesson plans you can use to integrate Hispanic themes into your American history lessons.
Safe@School - Lesson Plans and Toolkits
Engage with this extensive collection of resources that will help you facilitate discussions about race, racism, and diversity with students of all ages. Some of the resources include lesson plans, glossaries, toolkits, and other activities.
Américas Award for Children and Young Adult Literature
Skim this collection of outstanding books by Hispanic authors and/or about Hispanic themes written for children and young people. Click the title to see a description of the story—many also include a classroom unit with reading levels and standards.
Share these TV segments of popular children's stories in Spanish. The episodes include puppets, animations, live-action, and music characteristic of Hispanic culture. You will also find transcripts, activity guides, games, and review activities.
Cool Tools to Honor Hispanic Heritage Month
In this section, we’re sharing several tools you can use to create projects honoring the cultures and histories of Hispanic Americans. Find the ideal tool your students can use to show what they have learned.
DesignCap Poster Creator
Create free posters in three easy steps without registration. Begin by selecting a template from the many offered on the site, then use the tools to edit your poster’s features, including text, images, and background. Download your image and then share.
Buzzsprout offers free, easy-to-use podcast hosting and a dashboard that walks you through the creation process. Challenge your students to research cultural contributions made by Hispanic Americans and create a podcast to share with the class.
Explore the variety of tools available for storytelling and promoting quality journalism. Check out the timeline options to create a visual list of events in Hispanic-American history. Students can use this to create a project to show what they know.
WriteReader - Children As Creators
Engage your younger students in creating a project related to Hispanic Heritage Month using this tool that allows users to create their own books with text, pictures, and voice recordings. Teachers also have their own space on the page to write comments.
This Week at TeachersFirst
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OK2Ask: Transform Your Lesson Plans with SAMR and TeachersFirst
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3 Unique Resources for Spanish Language Learners
This blog post shares a great way to celebrate the Latino community—Spanish language lessons! Learn about three websites that offer Spanish learning materials that use unique approaches that appeal to beginning learners (songs, books, and more).
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