Let's Travel to Mexico! A Cultural Lesson Plan
Students get an introduction to Mexico and the Spanish language.
- Grades: 1–2
- Unit Plan:
About this book
About this book
In this lesson, students learn facts about Mexico, such as Mexican language and literature.
- Listen to books about Mexico.
- Locate Mexico on a map.
- Match simple Spanish words to pictures.
- Write about Mexico.
- Internet connection
- Large-screen TV or projector
- Large sombrero-shaped paper for brainstorming words
- Look What Came From Mexico by Miles Harvey
- Say Hola to Spanish by Susan Middleton Elya
- World map
- Writing paper
Set Up and Prepare
- Cut out a large sombrero shape from paper and post it.
- Have an online activity, such as National Geographic's Find People and Places: Mexico, ready for viewing.
Step 1: Read Look What Came From Mexico by Miles Harvey
Step 2: Use the world map locate Mexico.
Step 3: Brainstorm words students may want to use when writing about Mexico. These can be written on the large paper sombrero.
Step 4: As a group, use the computer connected to the large-screen TV or projector to learn more about Mexico using the Internet. Try using National Geographic's Find People and Places: Mexico activity.
Step 5: Add more words to the large paper sombrero.
Step 6: Have the students write a page for a class book that you will call Look What We Learned About Mexico. Bind the pages into a book.
Step 1: Read Say Hola to Spanish by Susan Middleton Elya.
Step 2: Add Spanish words to the brainstorming sombrero.
Step 3: Have the students practice Spanish words on the computer using the Piñata Concentration Game.
Learn more about Mexico with these fun websites:
Tell someone at home what you learned about Mexico. Ask if there is anything at home that comes from Mexico that you could bring to share.
- Was there enough time?
- Were the students successful or frustrated learning Spanish words?
- Did the Internet sites work?
- Were the students able to write about Mexico without a lot of help?
- Could the students tell me about Mexico?
- How many students were able to identify a fact about Mexico?
- How many students were able to match Spanish words to pictures?
- How many students were able to locate Mexico on the world map?
Copies of the students' writing will be saved for their assessment portfolios.