This activity is from Scholastic
in the U.S.A.
people who live in the United States speak Spanish. Their families
come from Latin American countries. They are called Latinos.
- Many Mexicans live
in California, Texas, and Illinois. In California, about 20%
of the entire state population is Mexican, as is 80% of the
population of Los Angeles. In Illinois, 62% of the state's Latino
population is Mexican and lives in Chicago. Texas is home to
25% of all the Latinos in the U.S.
- New York has the
widest variety of Spanish-speaking people. Many are from the
Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto
Rico. At 48.7%, Puerto Ricans are the largest Latino group in
NYC. In addition, Puerto Ricans make up 24% of the total population
- Cubans make up 62%
of the people living in Miami, Florida.
- Critical-Thinking Activity: Show students where
Mexico is in relation to California and Texas. Ask students
to give possible reasons why California and Texas have such
large Mexican populations.
- Challenge Math Activity: 48.7% of New York City's
total Latino population is Puerto Rican. What is the remaining
percentage of the city's Latino population?