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Mini-Unit Topic: Hispanic Cultures
Fifth graders focus on customs and celebrations of a particular Hispanic culture, and also participate in a constructivist science lesson where they try to re-create the atmosphere of a South American rain forest. Students also make a papier-mâché piñata and understand the uses for the piñata in Hispanic culture by making a piñata, listening to a story of how it is used in the Mexican National celebration called the Posada, and discussing other uses of the piñata.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
Students study Hispanic and Latino heritage and culture. In this diversity lesson, students discuss what they know about Hispanic heritage and then complete the Hispanic history in the Americas activity. Students work in groups to find three facts about Hispanic heritage and complete an activity on Latinos in history. Students create a timeline that shows the major events that contributed to Hispanic culture and influence in the new world.
Introductory Lesson: Welcome to Spain
Middle schoolers get a taste of Spanish culture. In this Spain lesson, students participate in 5 activities that require them to study the religion, music, food, clothing, and history of Spain.
From Corn To Tortillas
Students investigate the food known as the tortilla. They research the growth cycle of the corn plant and how tortillas are made from it. The importance of the tortilla according to the Hispanic culture is explained to the students. The teacher demonstrates how to make a tortilla.
Students compare a political map of North America today with one from 1845. They identify items of continuity in the political map of the United States today and that of 1845 and describe the influence of Indian and Hispanic cultures on the Southwest.
The Mexican-American Influence on the United States
Students examine the influences of the Hispanic groups from Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico. In groups, they research the history of Mexico and read excerpts from a book in Spanish to practice their vocabulary. To end the lesson plan, they write letters to the Embassy of Mexico in New York to ask for information about the Hispanic cultures in the American Southwest.
Students compare Spanish and American cultures. In this global studies lesson, students review what they have learned in a Spanish culture unit by writing compare and contrast essays about Spanish and American cultural aspects.
Students are introduced to Mexico's culture, people, language and celebration of traditions. They develop their own Cultural Report Slide Show and are encouraged to do several activities on this topic.
Hispanic Heritage Activity Fun
Learners research information on hispanic cultures. They complete worksheets and examine pictures. They discuss how their culture is different from hispanic culture.
Social Studies and Reading Integration
Kids take a quiz on the concepts that define community and culture. They answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding family traditions, immigration, Hispanic culture, and community.
Esperanza Rising- Comprehension Strategies
Sixth graders explore Hispanic culture. In this introductory lesson, 6th graders preview Esperanza Rising, discuss Spanish culture, and define ethnic terms used: Hispanic, Latino, Chicano, and Mexican American. Students prepare to read the book and write in their response journals.
Students identify at least one country where the Spanish language is spoken, describe similarities and differences between Spanish, Mexican, and Puerto Rican families, and practice speaking the Spanish words for several family members.
The Mexican legends of "La Llorona and La Ixtabay"
Students participate in a lesson that focuses on the Mexican holiday "Day of the Dead." They cite the Hispanic influences of the day and listen to the legendary ghost story "La Llorona." This creates context for further studies of central America and Mexico.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
Students identify and describe traits that represent Hispanic cultures, research and analyze traditions and culture of Hispanic Americans, read observations Hispanics make about their identity, conduct research on issues of identity and heritage, formulate interview questions based on reading materials, summarize contributions of Hispanic Americans, and write biography about accomplished American that includes information on heritage and identity.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
Kindergarteners examine Hispanic culture in this lesson from Scholastic. They identify and describe things that represent Hispanic culture as part of a whole class discussion before moving to the computer to practice Spanish vocabulary using the Pinata Concentration Game. Finally, learners listen to seven Latino and Latina citizens discuss the importance of their Hispanic American heritage through the My Heritage activity.
Spanish 101: Pen Pal
Americans will learn about the Spanish culture with this 21st Century lesson plan. Each pupil will be given a pen pal and the opportunity see their pictures via Twitpic on Twitter. Then, each person will write a 5-page report about their pen pal's culture. Note: This lesson plan can be modified to fit primary or secondary classrooms.
Running of the Bulls and Bullfighting in Pamplona, Spain
Students research the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain and the characteristics of the Spanish bullfight. They create multimedia presentation which they present orally and write a research paper using the information.
Self-Portrait Unit - Lesson #1
Fourth graders create self-portraits using artistic elements found in Hispanic culture and, specifically, the art of Frida Kahlo. The lesson can be adapted for any culture/country and requires an outside person with cultural knowledge.
The Heritage of Puerto Rico and Cuba
Students examine the influences of the Hispanic culture in the United States. In groups, they read about the life of a slave in Cuba and identify the misconceptions are discussed. As a class, they define racism, read an essay and discuss how it relates to society today. To end the lesson, they research how the class system is changing in Puerto Rico and the role of women in the culture.
Write a Festival Invitation
Sixth graders research the history of the Spanish fiesta of the April Fair in Seville. They listen to samples of flamenco music, explore a Spanish Culture website and answer questions on a student project sheet, and create an invitation for Seville's April Fair.