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[Hispanic Heritage Month] Celebrate with Free Classroom Resources

[Hispanic Heritage Month] Celebrate with Free Classroom Resources

Every year from September 15 to October 15, the United States observes National Hispanic Heritage Month, a national celebration of the cultures, traditions, accomplishments, and contributions of Hispanic Americans. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for this 30-day celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize also celebrate their independence in September.

Today, the richness of Hispanic culture is felt all around us. Remember, the term “Hispanic” refers to a person of Spanish, Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, Caribbean, or any other Spanish culture of origin regardless of race. There are many people from many countries who trace their heritage back to Hispanic cultures, and many different traditions and customs that we celebrate here in America as a result.

Kick off the celebration in your classroom during Hispanic Heritage Month with a free topical resource packet from Edmentum. In this packet, you’ll find fact sheets, critical thinking questions, and activities to help your class explore the significance of Hispanic Heritage Month, discuss different cultural traditions, and learn more about Spanish-speaking countries.

In addition to our free printable classroom resources, we’ve put together a list of useful links that your class can use to learn more about the people, history, and heritage of Hispanic Americans.

  • 5 Famous Latinos: Role Models for Hispanic Heritage Month
    Read the biographies of five famous Latinos, plus access resources to learn about their contributions of American society. You’ll find the extraordinary stories of an astronaut, a teacher, an author, an athlete, and a scientist!

  • 15 Children’s Books to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
    This list, complied specifically for Hispanic Heritage Month, contains 15 children’s books that include both fiction and nonfiction titles. Explore books by authors like Julia Alvarez, Zetta Elliot, and Paolo Bacigalupi!
  • Crafts to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
    Celebrate the rich diversity and heritage of the many different Hispanic cultures with these craft ideas from seven different Spanish-speaking countries. You’ll find ideas for crafts from Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Chile.
  • 5 Traditional Hispanic Games
    What better way to learn about Hispanic culture than to play games? These five traditional games are easy to learn, simple to play, and perfect for children of all ages!

How does your class celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Tag us on social media @edmentum and let us know!

This post was orginally published in September 2018 and has been updated.

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McKenna Wierman studied Journalism at the University of Mississippi, and has worked with Edmentum since June 2016. She currently serves as a Digital Marketing Specialist, and believes that empowered teachers are the key to successful students.