Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 and is a time to celebrate Hispanic culture and its influence on history. As you think about incorporating some activities and celebrations into your lesson plans, we have assembled some resources to help.

Here are five easy activities to lead your students in celebrating Hispanic culture.

1. Capture their attention with videos.

2. Spice up things with a couple new recipes.

3. Get crafty!

4. Enhance reading skills and vocabulary, or introduce a new language!

  • PBS Kids suggests this list of 11 Picture Books Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month that celebrates Latino voices and culture.

  • Teach young children Spanish with Salsa. Salsa is Georgia Public Broadcasting's award-winning Spanish language series for young learners in kindergarten through the third grade. Puppets in familiar stories, digital graphics and animation teach the language.

  • Oh Noah! offers Spanish lessons for children ages 6 to 8 that use animated videos with embedded games to help build vocabulary.

  • Books About Latinos Who Made a Difference - These titles tell the stories of famous Latinos whose legacies we continue to celebrate and discuss. The stories often focus on their childhoods and are sure to resonate with young readers.

5. Have students research cultural traditions or famous Latinos.

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