Hispanic Heritage Month

Classroom Resources from KET

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture.


Use the following resources to share Hispanic Heritage and Culture with your students.

Oh Noah!

Oh Noah! Oh Noah!, (formerly known as Noah Comprende) is designed to teach Spanish to children ages six to eight through animated videos with embedded games that help build vocabulary. In each three-minute video, a misunderstanding launches a comic misadventure. Kids learn language better when they can put it into meaningful context. Although – like Noah – they may not understand all the Spanish dialogue, kids can comprehend the story told through rich visual storytelling, much like a silent movie.


PBS. Video, Games, Printable Activities.

Grades: PreK-2

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage. Scholastic's Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Online Activity provides your students with an opportunity to discover the contributions and rich cultures of Hispanics in the United States. Hispanic Heritage Month — celebrated September 15 to October 15 each year — honors the diverse peoples of Spanish-speaking backgrounds who have come to the United States from more than 20 countries. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage is designed to coincide with this special month or be used throughout the year.


Scholastic. Activities and Teacher's Guide.

Grades: PreK-8.

Flamenco Dance Studio Field Trip

Flamenco Dance Studio Field Trip. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage and learn about Flamenco! Join Penny and the KidVision VPK kids at a Flamenco lesson. Learn about Spanish dance movements and music. Come with us and clap, snap, stomp, and express emotions with your bodies. Olé!


PBS LearningMedia. Video, support materials, lesson plans.

Grades: K-3.

Hispanic Heritage Month | All About the Holidays

Hispanic Heritage Month | All About the Holidays. There are about 54 million Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. That's a lot of people to celebrate! Across the country, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated with festivals and community events recognizing the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades: K-4.

Maya and Miguel

Maya and Miguel. With humorous twists and turns, every episode of Maya & Miguel presents new adventures and double the fun for these 10-year-old twins. Featuring their family, friends and richly diverse neighborhood, each story revolves around Maya's well-intentioned meddling in the lives of her family and friends, always placing her in an interesting and often hilarious predicament. Maya and Miguel are driven by the idea that shared happiness is greater than personal gain.


PBS. Videos, Games, Printable Activities.

Grades: K-4.

Hispanic Heritage Month Content Collection - Elementary

Hispanic Heritage Month Content Collection - Elementary. Featuring resources selected and created by Discovery Education's curriculum experts, this content collection offers teacher's guides, video clips, and more.


Discovery Education. Videos, lesson plans, articles, etc.

Grades: K-5.

Mariachi Youth Program: Music

Mariachi Youth Program: Music. Mariachi, a style that combines Spanish composition with traditional indigenous music, has been passed on orally for generations in the Latino community. Spark drops in on a program that trains youth in trumpet, violin, guitar, guitarrón, vihuela and vocals. The Mariachi Youth Program, sponsored by the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose, has been available to children in public schools since 1992.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades: K-8.

Hispanic Culture: Volume 01

Hispanic Culture: Volume 01. Documents different aspects of Hispanic culture and traditions, including animals, food, greetings, clothing, celebrations, music, and more.


Discovery Education. Video.

Grades: K-12.

Discovery Education Interactive Atlas

Discovery Interactive Atlas. Explore the culture, government, history, and natural world of every country around the world.


Discovery Education. Interactive.

Grades: K-12.

Hispanic Heritage Month | U.S. Department of State

Hispanic Heritage Month | U.S. Department of State. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 each year. Celebrations often include cultural activities and programs with speeches, food, dance, and music that recognize the political, artistic, athletic, and educational achievements of Hispanic Americans.


PBS LearningMedia. Article.

Grades: 2-6.

What's in a Name?

What's in a Name? Structured as game questions, this activity challenges students to identify cities, states and geographical features whose names tell the story of the Indigenous, Spanish and Mexican settlement that pre-dated the U.S. The investigative questions can be used alone as a geography trivia game, as a matching activity, or in conjunction with analysis of historical maps. Draws on material from Latino Americans.


PBS LearningMedia. Lesson Plan.

Grades: 4-8.

Latino Americans

Latino Americans. What are the stories of U.S. Latinos and how do they inform the broader American narrative? From southern Florida to the San Juan Islands of Washington state, from the pre-history of the nation through today's most contentious issues, Latino experiences illuminate our country’s history and its struggle to live up to its ideals. This collection of lesson plans, videos and classroom resources invites teacher and students to explore the history, people and issues chronicled in the PBS series, Latino Americans. Along the way, it engages students in dramatic real-life stories and offers primary texts that serve the goals of the Common Core.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades: 4-12

Hispanic Exploration in America

Hispanic Exploration in America. Spain’s explorations were driven by the desire to expand its knowledge of the world, to discover spices and riches, and to spread Christianity. In 1492, when Christopher Columbus, on a journey funded by Spain, took a westerly course across the Atlantic Ocean searching for an alternative route to the Indies, he inadvertently “discovered” a new continent. This set of primary resources (over 20!) from the Library of Congress provides a window into this time period, as well as a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.


PBS LearningMedia. Media Gallery.

Grades: 4-12.

Baseball and Social Change: The Story of Roberto Clemente

Baseball and Social Change: The Story of Roberto Clemente. In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students learn about baseball legend Roberto Clemente, his early years in the United States during segregation, and changes in the 1960s that made the U.S. culture more open to Clemente’s Latino culture. Students develop their literacy skills through a social studies focus on how culture shapes individual identity and how a culture changes when new groups of people enter it. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities.


PBS LearningMedia. Self-Paced Lesson.

Grades: 5-8.

Hispanic Heritage Month Content Collection - Middle

Hispanic Heritage Month Content Collection - Middle. Featuring resources selected and created by Discovery Education's curriculum experts, this content collection offers teacher's guides, video clips, and more.


Discovery Education. Videos, lesson plans, articles, etc.

Grades: 6-8.

Tejanos

Tejanos. This clip from Genealogy Roadshow gives a brief overview of Tejanos, or Texans of Mexican heritage, and their role in the formation of the state of Texas. Originally under the rule of the Spanish and then the Mexican government, Tejanos sought independence to become their own sovereign state. Tejanos spearheaded the Texas Revolution, which eventually resulted in Texas’ annexation into the United States—and reaffirmed Tejanos’ importance to the Texan historical narrative.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades: 6-13+.

Hispanic Heritage Month Content Collection - High

Hispanic Heritage Month Content Collection - High. Featuring resources selected and created by Discovery Education's curriculum experts, this content collection offers teacher's guides, video clips, and more.


Discovery Education. Videos, lesson plans, articles, etc.

Grades: 9-12.

The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards | Crash Course US History #1

The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards | Crash Course US History #1. John Green talks about the Native Americans who lived in what is now the US prior to European contact. This is a history class, not archaeology, so we're mainly going to cover written history. That means we start with the first sustained European settlement in North America, and that means the Spanish. The Spanish have a long history with the natives of the Americas, and not all of it was positive. The Spanish were definitely not peaceful colonizers, but what colonizers are peaceful? Colonization pretty much always results in an antagonistic relationship with the locals. John teaches you about early Spanish explorers, settlements, and what happened when they didn't get along with the indigenous people. The story of their rocky relations has been called the Black Legend. Which is not a positive legend.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades: 9-13+.

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