Scholastic's Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Online Activity provides your students with an opportunity to discover the contributions and rich cultures of Hispanics in the United States. Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated September 15 to October 15 each year honors the diverse peoples of Spanish-speaking backgrounds who have come to the United States from more than 20 countries. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage is designed to coincide with this special month or be used throughout the year.
The components of Celebrate Hispanic Heritage are broken up into three categories:
Culture Component: Grades PreK1
The Culture component is designed with young students in mind. The Piñata Concentration activity incorporates various Spanish vocabulary and memorization skills. The My Heritage activity allows students to explore Hispanic Heritage through the eyes of seven different Latinos from various walks of life. This activity is sure to generate discussion and is a great way to promote empathy among students from different backgrounds at an early age.
People Component: Grades 25
The People component is designed to teach students about famous Latinos and their contributions to American history. Additionally, students will practice writing biographical narratives with the content of this activity. In the Meet Famous Latinos activity, students can read complete biographies about six famous Latinos. These biographical sketches can also serve as a writing model for student writing. In the Latinos in History activity, students are provided with 25 biographical excerpts on Latinos who have contributed to American history in different ways. This component also includes a graphic organizer to help students gather and organize their biographical research.
History Component: Grades 68
The History component includes a chronological timeline that is accessed by clicking on an interactive map of Latin America. A printable version of the timeline is also available for your individual classroom needs. The Hispanic History in the Americas activity is a great way for students to understand the overall impact and influence that the Spanish conquest had on all of Latin America.
Additionally, students can start a research paper on Spanish Missions with Scholastic's Research Starters.
Scholastic's Online Activities are designed to support the teaching of standards-based skills. While participating in the Celebrate Hispanic Heritage project, students become proficient with several of these skills.
1. Interpret and understand written and spoken Spanish on a variety of topics. (Piñata Concentration)
2. Identify and describe traits that represent Hispanic cultures. (My Heritage, Latinos in History, Meet Famous Latinos, Hispanic History in the Americas)
3. Study and analyze the traditions and culture of Hispanic Americans. (My Heritage, Latinos in History, Meet Famous Latinos, Hispanic History in the Americas)
4. Read observations Hispanics make about their identity. (My Heritage, Meet Famous Latinos)
5. Conduct research on issues of identity and heritage. (My Heritage, Latinos in History, Meet Famous Latinos)
6. Formulate interview questions based on reading materials. (My Heritage, Latinos in History, Meet Famous Latinos, Hispanic History in the Americas)
7. Use compiled information to ask questions that seek information not already discussed. (My Heritage, Latinos in History, Meet Famous Latinos, Hispanic History in the Americas)
8. Understand and summarize the contributions of Hispanic Americans. (My Heritage, Latinos in History, Meet Famous Latinos)
9. Gather and synthesize information about Hispanic community members by using a variety of informational resources. (My Heritage, Latinos in History, Meet Famous Latinos)
10. Write a biography about an accomplished American that relates information on heritage and identity. (My Heritage, Latinos in History, Meet Famous Latinos)
11. Apply reading comprehension skills, including:
- main idea
- read for detail
- draw conclusions