Hispanic Heritage Month
Colorín Colorado salutes the rich history of Hispanic culture with games, books, activities, and fun! Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, is a great way to celebrate a family legacy and expose students to world traditions. Don't forget, though, that many of these resources can be used all year round!
Explore the following:
- Fun activities — Send an encouraging e-card to a student you know. Read great kids' books about Latino culture. Play word games in Spanish. Download a poster. Enjoy!
- Information — About Latino cultures and values, plus many resources to help your English language learners (ELLs) get ahead.
- Ready-to-use — From webcasts & podcasts to toolkits and sampler packs, these resources help PreK-12 educators.
- More resources — Find links to other organizations and resources to help you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Share a great kid's book
Hispanic Heritage Puzzles
These fun puzzles will make great activities to complement your cultural celebrations this month!*
Send an e-card!
Send a free e-card to a child, friend, or colleague to let them know you're thinking about them. This beautiful e-card was created for Colorín Colorado by David Diaz, the Caldecott Medal winning illustrator of Stormy Nightand other favorites.
Five fun sheets
Print out these activity sheets to encourage kids to have fun with words and letters! Simply click on the PDF files below to download, read, or print the activity sheets.
Download a flyer
Download this flyer about Colorín Colorado's Hispanic Heritage Month resources (428 KB PDF). Feel free to reproduce and share!
- Information about Latino cultures and values — learn about your students' backgrounds.
- Strategies for assessing and placing ELLs.
- Best instructional practices for teaching vocabulary, reading, and content areas
- The Colorín Colorado T.ELL.E-GRAM, an e-newsletter especially for educators
- El Boletín informativo Colorín Colorado, our Spanish-language newsletter for parents.
- Recommended children's books — most are bilingual!
- And many more resources and ideas to use in the classroom!
- Bilingual Reading Tip Sheets for Middle/High School Teachers offering information on what to do first, vocabulary instruction, and age-appropriate reading strategies.
- Colorín Colorado — AFT Toolkit for Teachers: Reaching Out to Hispanic Parents of ELLs Use the workshop ideas, handouts, and bilingual video components to involve parents in the classroom.
- ELL Starter Kit for Educators with assessment and reading checklists, plus progress forms and more.
- Professional development webcasts on teaching ELLs, available for free, anytime.
- Author interviews and other engaging videos about English language learners, including clips from Reading Rockets' Lauching Young Readers: Becoming Bilingual.
- Spanish-language Hispanic Heritage resources from Colorín Colorado for all ages including articles, activity sheets, book lists, games and more!
More resources and links
This updated list of links features a wide variety of Hispanic Heritage Month resources for all ages!
- An Introduction to Hispanic Heritage Month, Including Famous Firsts by Hispanic Americans(Fact Monster)
- Hispanic Heritage Sites of Interest on the National Registry of Historic Places (National Park Service)
- Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) (University of Texas at Austin)
Biographies and Books
- Biographies of Important Hispanic Figures(Thomson Gale)
- Notable Hispanic Women (About.com)
- Famous Hispanic Inventors (About.com)
- IGUANA Children's Spanish-Language Magazine
- Multicultural resources for young readers(PaperTigers)
Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans
Use this curated collection of K-12 lessons and resources to commemorate the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic-Americans and engage students in thinking critically about the broader Latino experience in the U.S.
These classroom resources from the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. The website also includes audio, video, online exhibits, and collections of primary source documents.
- Online Activities and Games to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage (Scholastic)
- Guide for English Language Learners (Postcards from Buster Lesson Guide)
- Hispanic Heritage Month Lesson Plans, Quizzes, and Activities by Subject (TeacherVision)
- Latino American/Chicano Studies for Grades K-2 (PBS Teachers)
- Latino American/Chicano Studies for Grades 3-5 (PBS Teachers)
- My Family Traditions: A Class Book and Potluck Lunch (ReadWriteThink.org)
- Investigating Names to Explore Personal History with A House on Mango Street (ReadWriteThink.org)
- Latino Civil Rights Timeline (Teaching Tolerance)
- World History Lesson Plans for Teaching About Latin America (Edsitement.org)
- Arts-Integrated Lesson Plans for Hispanic Heritage Month (The Kennedy Center's ArtsEdge)
- Latino American/Chicano Studies for High School (PBS Teachers)
- Hispanic Heritage Activity Sheets from Chicago Public Library (Education World)
- Hispanic Heritage Resources for Teachers (Smithsonian Education)
- Xpeditions Locator Booth — Mapping South America (National Geographic)
- Latinos in America (Independent Lens)
- Escuela (School) Debate (Point of View))
- Al otro lado (To the Other Side) (Point of View)
- Zoot Suit Riots (American Experience)
- Spanish and Chicano English (Do you speak American?)
- Culture in Art Lesson Plans (The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo, PBS)
- Author Isabel Allende (NOW)
- Our Latino Heritage: Profiles of U.S. Hispanics (NBC News)