Ways to Celebrate
1. On a map of North,
Central, and South America, point out all the countries where Spanish
is spoken. Spanish is spoken in all of the following countries and Puerto
Rico: Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Nicaragua,
Venezuela, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador,
Costa Rica, and Honduras.
2. Identify local or
regional place names that may be derived from Spanish. As a class, investigate
the reason behind the name.
3. Plan a Latin American
festival of foods.
4. As a class, research
and perform a folk dance or song from a country in Latin America.
5. Invite a Hispanic
guest speaker to class.
6. Read a folktale from
a country in Latin America.
7. Read a children's
book by a Hispanic author such as Gary Soto, Pat Mjora, or Lulu Delacre.
8. Let children dance
to salsa, Latin jazz, or Tejano music.
9. As a class, learn
some new words in Spanish. Try learning numbers, the alphabet, and some