Six Classroom Activities to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
I really enjoy this time of year because I like sharing my heritage, especially Mexican food, with my students.
A common misconception with the kids is that Hispanic means Mexican. Since our English Language Development population is predominantly Mexican, students tend to think Hispanics are limited to Mexican descent. It is an opportunity to educate and celebrate all cultures and countries of Hispanic Heritage.
After discussing a Hispanic artist, author, actor, or singer, we place a sticker on the map where the Hispanic person was born. It is a great visual representation of the wide range of Hispanic cultures.
Last year, I ordered a class set of books, bookmarks, and pencils. This year I didn't order the books due to budgeting, but I copied the pages to share with the students. During morning meeting, we will read a short bio, a read-aloud, complete various fun activities from the book, or sing songs.
During computer lab, students will explore the Scholastic.com's Celebrate Hispanic Heritage activity.
We study Hispanic artists, such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Picasso.
Hispanic students enjoy bringing things from home that represent their culture. It is a time to show pride in their culture and share their traditions, items, and food.
As a fun way to celebrate the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, we have a piñata party. The kids LOVE the surprise and we always have such a great time.