Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated from September 15th – October 15th gives teachers an extended period to integrate cultural aspects about Hispanics and all the Spanish-speaking countries. From food to famous Latino personalities, this is a fantastic opportunity to kick off the semester with cool and fun activities.
Here is a collection of resources that teachers can use to engage students and create lessons around the Hispanic Heritage Month. We have included classroom decorations, activities, videos, lesson plans and books.
Classroom Decorations for Hispanic Heritage Month
1. Printable Poster – Hispanic Heritage Month (Mes de la Herencia Hispana)
Celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month with this free printable poster for your classroom. Three sizes available: Letter, Legal and Tabloid.
2. Printable Posters – 60 Scenes from Spanish-speaking Countries
Many teachers asked us for decorations/photos she can use around the school or on a bulletin board. So, we developed a series of tabloid size (11″ x 17″) printable posters with scenes from Latin American, Spain, and Equatorial Guinea.
Activities, Videos, and Lesson Plans
Introduce your students to Hispanic Heritage Month or Mes de la Herencia Hispana. Use these ready-to-use Google Slides in Spanish and English for them to bring cultural traditions to your classes.
2. Pintables – 30 Outstanding Hispanics Short Biographies
The download includes 30 PDF pintables with the person’s photo, life highlights, and a major contribution. The Spanish version is written in the present tense, and we use as many cognates as possible. There is also an English version available.
Introduce your students to notable Hispanics/Latinos in your classes. Choose any of these ready-to-use presentations for them to discover their incredible lives and achievements.
4. Lesson Plan – Spanish Speaking Countries
Students work in groups to learn basic facts about the Spanish speaking countries. They will create a collaborative board online and present it to the class.
5. Spanish Song – Muévete by Rubén Blades: Spanish Song and Bingo Game to Practice the Names of the Spanish Speaking Countries
Your student will practice the names of the Spanish-speaking countries with this lively song by Rubén Blades. This 30-page activity packet includes a cloze line activity, a bingo game, a map, and a group translation exercise.
6. Video – Facts About Hispanics in the United States Video and PDF
Download the videos with 10 cool and interesting facts about Hispanics in the United States to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Includes a PDF handout with all the facts.
7. Video – Herencia Hispana Video Story and PDF Bilingual Transcripts
A short video story narrated in Spanish that you can use to introduce the Hispanic Heritage Month. Which Spanish-speaking countries are mentioned? What are some Hispanic cultural characteristics featured here? In Spanish with English subtitles. Created by Mundo Learning in collaboration with Speaking Latino.
8. Spanish Song – La Gozadera by Gente de Zona ft Marc Anthony – Names of the Spanish Speaking Countries
Includes three cloze versions, lyrics, artist bio and link to the song video.
9. Lesson Plan – Exploring the Continents: South America E-Book
At the end of the activity, students will have learned about the 9 Spanish-speaking countries in South America. They will also review the family and travel vocabulary in Spanish.
10. Video Playlists for Spanish-Speaking Countries
Each playlist includes short videos in English (or subtitled) to introduce a Spanish-speaking country. These videos are ideal to use at the beginning of the school year, during Hispanic Heritage Month or even just throughout the year. The videos feature culture, history, traditions, geography facts, attractions, etc.
If you are looking for an authentic and fun resource about Spanish-speaking countries, try any of these songs in Spanish!
Below is a suggested list of contemporary songs in Spanish to use in class with your students.
We have created a clozeline (fill-in-the-blanks) for each of them in 2 or 3 versions to choose from according to your students’ listening comprehension level. Each cloze is also digitally fillable!
Some of these songs about Spanish-speaking countries come in a PACK with additional activities to go more in-depth. This will give you the versatility of using them all or picking only a couple of them depending on your students’ needs or your class schedule.
Books, Readings and Spanish Class Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more.
2. A Kid’s Guide to Latino History: More than 50 Activities
A Kid’s Guide to Latino History features more than 50 hands-on activities, games, and crafts that explore the diversity of Latino culture and teach children about the people, experiences, and events that have shaped Hispanic American history.
3. 100 Hispanic Americans Who Shaped American History
This book includes people from diverse backgrounds who have made their marks in various fields such as the early explorers, politics, sports, entertainment, business, civil rights, and much more!
4. Hispanic American Achievers: High-Interest Nonfiction
Invite students of varying reading levels in grades 3–5 to enjoy 40 high-interest biographies using Hispanic American Achievers. Each text is presented at two reading levels, and each version of the story includes a set of comprehension questions and a bonus activity.
5. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: 20 Days of Activities, Reading, Recipes, Parties, Plays, and More!
Provides a fun variety of ideas that excite kids and bring Hispanic achievements to life. Ideal for Hispanic Heritage History month and other Hispanic holidays. A few of the activities include Spelling Bee Make a Pinata! Family Tree Student Bios. Collage Posters Classroom Cooking Scavenger Hunts Immigrant Diary Bilingual Class Newspaper and much more!
6. Famous Hispanic Americans
Mini-biographies of fourteen outstanding Hispanic Americans. It includes profiles and descriptions of the achievements of such figures as singer Gloria Estefan, actor Andy Garcia, tennis star Gigi Fernández, educator Jaime Escalante, and Federico Peña, the Secretary of Transportation.
Check out our list of Spanish Class Activities.