#CelebrateWithDE – Cinco de Mayo

It’s time to celebrate the strength of the Mexican people by commemorating their victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. It’s Cinco de Mayo! Traditionally celebrated with Mexican food, dancing, games, and stories, this holiday is a reminder of the rich heritage of Mexico and the long history of the fight for independence so many nations have faced. Encourage your students to build an understanding of the battle for which this day is marked and an appreciation for the many traditions that are carried on through the celebration.

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Virtual Viewing Party: Cinco de Mayo
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook, and Math Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Virtual Viewing Party

Join Discovery Education and thousands of classrooms around the globe simultaneously and share your thoughts and reflections about the history associated with Cinco de Mayo. Students will learn about the establishment of the holiday, its symbolism, and the traditional ways of celebration.

Learn and Celebrate

Content Collection: Cinco de Mayo
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techook
Grades K-3, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

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.
The History of Cinco de Mayo
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Explores the historical background of Cinco de Mayo, revealing how the Mexican victory against French forces at the Battle of Puebla came to represent the strength and determination of the Mexican people.
May 5, 1862: Battle of Puebla
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Event

Explains the battle that is commemorated on Cinco de Mayo and includes links to videos that delve further into the history.


Let your students’ imaginations run wild by using the strategy They Said What?!? (Canadian Version) to represent what they know about the Battle of Puebla or current day Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Have your students create dialogue that would animate these images: The French invasion: Puebla under siege, 1862 (Canadian Version); Cinco de Mayo Dancers in Los Angeles (Canadian Version). Post your Cinco de Mayo reflections on social media using #CelebrateWithDE!

Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.


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