#CelebrateWithDE – More Hispanic Heritage Month Resources!

From September 15 through October 15, we’ll be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. It’s a time to recognize and highlight the many significant contributions to culture and progress Hispanic people have made. When you celebrate with your students, there will be a lot to choose from: the arts, science, civics…. This post provides a group of collections for building background knowledge in all those areas, and then it gets more specific with a recommendation to study some of the people who paved the way to excellence for Hispanics and all Americans across the decades.


BUILD BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE

We have selected are a few curated collections of resources, including video segments, about Hispanic culture. Consider showing students the collections and allowing them to choose which resources to see or show the entire collections.
 
Hispanic Heritage Month: Content Collection
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

It’s time to celebrate the culture, history, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. Collection includes lesson starters and featured instructional strategies.
 
Hispanic Culture: Volume 01
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Documents different aspects of Hispanic culture and traditions, including animals, food, greetings, clothing, celebrations, music, and more.
 
Hispanic Culture: Volume 02
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Profiles a variety of cultural traditions from Hispanic countries, including New Year’s Even traditions, decorations, quinceaneras, schools, seasons, street markets, animals, food, and more.


LEARN

Great Hispanic Americans have been paving the way for those who will come after them for a long time and in every arena. This section features four Hispanic Americans who did and are doing just that. We start in the present day and move backwards through the past (with segments from a fantastic series called A History of Hispanic Achievement in America) and learn about impactful people in science, the arts, and sports.
 
Dr. Ellen Ochoa: First Hispanic Woman in Space
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, Reading Passage

A biography of Dr. Ellen Ochoa – Hispanic American, first Hispanic woman to go into space, director of Johnson Space Center.
 
Biosphere: Ellen Ochoa
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook, Math Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Profiles the first female Hispanic astronaut and discusses her optics inventions.
 
Judy Baca
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Judy Baca brought the struggles of Hispanic citizens to life by painting murals throughout Los Angeles.
 
Ritchie Valens
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

The music of Ritchie Valens inspired other Hispanic artists to emerge.
 
Pancho Gonzales
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Professional tennis player, Pancho Gonzalez, opened the door for Hispanics who wanted to play professional sport.


APPLY

Encourage your students to use a specific structure to highlight a Hispanic person and his or her contributions. Use Fakebook or 3 Truths…1 Lie, from the SOS series of instructional strategies, for creative biographical summaries. Or, have your students reflect on the stories of Gonzalez, Baca, and Valens and create something of cultural value based on their own passions and talents. Use Poetry Slam, Puppet Pictures, or adapt a strategy from the SOS series to your students’ interests to inspire creativity.

Post your students’ work to @DiscoveryEd #CelebrateWithDE


 
Looking for more Hispanic Heritage Month resources? Check out our blog from earlier this month:

 

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  1. Mercedes Haxaco said:

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