#CelebrateWithDE – Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration of the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. To commemorate the event, people everywhere celebrate Mexican culture and history. Traditionally, people of all cultures enjoy Mexican food, music, and dance, and tell stories and give performances to help keep the history alive for all generations. This year, celebrate with a variety of holiday resources and, then, dive deep into the history by studying some of the events and people marking the struggles Mexico faced during and after a series of wars in the mid 1800s.


Featured Resources

Content Collection: Cinco de Mayo
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Content Collection

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Includes resources, lesson starters, and instructional strategies.
 
Holiday Facts and Fun: Cinco de Mayo
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, Full Video

At a special assembly, performers from San Antonio’s famed Guadalupe Cultural Center present a pageant that explains the historical significance of Cinco de Mayo. The presentation and video include animated maps, images, and footage of students visiting a market and the home of a Mexican American family.


Historical Resources

Modern History: Independence and Struggle
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Following independence from Spain, Mexico was plagued by corruption, civil wars, and foreign invasions. In the 1840s, the United States annexed the northern half of Mexico. Later, a ruthless dictator exploited the common people, which led to civil war.
 
1862: Battle of Puebla
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

 
 
 
The French invasion: Puebla under siege
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 9-12, Images

 
 
Juarez, Benito Pablo
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Encyclopedia Article

Describes the life and career of Mexico’s President Juarez, a key figure in the Mexican Reform movement.
 
Benito Juarez
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 9-12, Image

 
 
Diaz, Porfirio
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Encyclopedia Article

 
 
Porfirio Diaz ruled Mexico for 31 years
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 9-12, Image

 
 


SOS Strategy

Spotlight on Strategies: They Said What?!?
(Canadian Version)
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Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This teaching strategy allows students to use their imaginations to demonstrate knowledge. Students receive content-related images with embedded characters and create a logical dialogue, based on content knowledge. For Cinco de Mayo and the related resources, students could use an image with multiple people or create speeches or comments that might come from Benito Juarez or Porfirio Diaz.

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