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National Hispanic Heritage Month, Grades K-5

September 15 – October 15

Found In: language arts, social studies, preK-2, 3-5

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more.

Lesson Plans

Tolerance: Comparing Cultural Holidays
Students in grades K-4 compare Halloween and El Día de los Muertos by looking at traditions, music, and visual art.

Let's Travel to Mexico!
Students in grades 1-2 learn about the language and literature of Mexico.

Journal of Time: A Historical Perspective (Esperanza Rising)
Students in grades 5-8 use photographs as inspiration to write journal entries from the point of view of someone living during the Great Depression in California.

Hispanic Heritage Month begins today.
Students in grades 5-12 work in groups to research and present projects on Hispanic culture through PowerPoint, a webpage, a display, or an interactive tool such as the flip book or stapleless book.

Additional Lesson Plans

Smithsonian Education - Hispanic Heritage Teaching Resources
Lessons for grades K-12.

Hispanic Heritage Month
Lessons, activities, interactives, and resources for grades K-12.


Bring Hispanic Heritage Month to Life: A Collection of Resources( K-8)
Interactive timelines, scavenger hunts, and other learning fun all about Hispanic Americans.

24 Great Ideas for Hispanic Heritage (K-12)
From Aztec math to Carnival masks, these ideas are easy to put together and offer students the chance to celebrate their own heritage while appreciating the uniqueness of others.

Fact Monster - Hispanic Heritage Month Activities
Crosswords, population statistics, and more.

Colorín Colorado - Hispanic Heritage Month
Information, puzzles, biographies for English language learners. In English and Spanish.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with Recipes full of flavor (K-5)


Famous Hispanic Americans (K-5)
Coloring pages and hero cards for sports, science, politics, and the arts.

Background Resources

Day of the Dead - El Dia de los Muertos K-12 curriculum resources.

Articles Tagged as Latino American History

Library of Congress - Hispanic Heritage Month
Images, exhibits, audio, and video.

Smithsonian Latino Center Includes exhibitions, virtual museum, Virtual Museum Bilingual Teacher Training Took Kit, and more.

Smithsonian - Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
82 articles, musical samples, and videos.

National Hispanic Heritage Month Selected resources for teachers.





Find 31 videos and 18 photo galleries.

Coco (2017) (1:45) Miguel, a 12-year-old frustrated musician, visits the land of the dead to get the blessing of a famous singer, his great-great-grandfather. This movie could be used as an introduction or culminating activity in an exploration of Dia de los Muertos and other aspects of Latino culture.

last updated: July 15, 2019


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