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This collection of reviewed resources highlights Cinco de Mayo. Learn how to make celebratory crafts, games to play, the history of the holiday, and more. Many resources abound for all ages to learn more about this festive Mexican May holiday!

 

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Cinco de Mayo - Scholastic

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K to 5
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Explore this wealth of information and activities about the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. Learn about contributions of those of Latino culture to their own heritage, recognize a few...more
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Explore this wealth of information and activities about the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. Learn about contributions of those of Latino culture to their own heritage, recognize a few Spanish words, and get a beginning knowledge of some Mexican history. In addition, learn how to make some typical Latino crafts and snacks. Take an Internet "field trip" to see famous historical Mexican sites. Links to additional resources and reading about Mexico complete the site's offerings.

tag(s): cinco de mayo (12), holidays (148), mexico (34), preK (276)

In the Classroom

Select your Cinco de Mayo activities from these pages. Set up a series of "stations" for students to rotate through so they can experience as many activities as possible. Share the crafts and snack instructions on your class website in May!

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Daria -World Music for Children - World Music by Daria

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World Music for Children, though a commercial site, shares some simple treasures of music: song lyrics, audio files, and music-related craft projects to engage children with music at...more
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World Music for Children, though a commercial site, shares some simple treasures of music: song lyrics, audio files, and music-related craft projects to engage children with music at school or at home. Steer clear of the items for sale, and you will find songs to play for Martin Luther King Day, Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Heritage month, Cinco de Mayo and more. This review directs you to the Teacher section where you can also find directions and photos to make simple percussion instruments from all over the world. The site is simple, but the options for making music are many. PDF files of song lyrics are available.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): hispanic (18), martin luther king (35), musical instruments (46), native americans (82), sound (99)

In the Classroom

Turn up your speakers and try the limbo. Make simple instruments as part of your cultural heritage celebrations. Record your class singing one of the simple songs using a simple tool such as PodoMatic (reviewed here ) or your computer's own recording software; then share the link to the recording on your class web page for younger students to sing along at home. During units on sound in elementary science class, make some of the instruments to explore how sound is created and transmitted. PE teachers can teach lessons using the song/dance options, such as the limbo. World language classes and world cultures classes may even find some of the ethnic instruments from other parts of the world interesting, despite the more juvenile appearance of this site.
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Cinco de Mayo - The History Channel

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This collection of Cinco de Mayo videos and more from The History Channel explores many angles on this important day. Learn about the food and fun! Learn about the historical ...more
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This collection of Cinco de Mayo videos and more from The History Channel explores many angles on this important day. Learn about the food and fun! Learn about the historical impact of the holiday and its significance to Mexicans (and folks from other countries, as well). There is even a Meciao Memory game (click "interactives"). Read the backgound historical information and explore related articles, even a Mexico timeline.

tag(s): cinco de mayo (12), mexico (34)

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This site is ready to use in class. Have cooperative learning groups explore various aspects of the holiday and Mexican culture.If you have time, have them make their results into a class wiki with a page for each angle. Have students write a journal entry (as a blog) from the perspective of someone living in Mexico during the 1800s. Share maps of Mexico on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have cooperative learning groups create commercials highlighting what they have learned (be sure they include some new vocabulary words) or even a video advertisement for your class's Cinco de Mayo celebration. Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).

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Cinco de Mayo Study Guide - The History Channel

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This pdf file offers a traditional (but reliable) look at Cinco de Mayo, beyond the food and fun! Learn about the historical impact of the holiday and its significance to ...more
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This pdf file offers a traditional (but reliable) look at Cinco de Mayo, beyond the food and fun! Learn about the historical impact of the holiday and its significance to Mexicans (and folks from other countries, as well). This pdf is set up as a study guide. It includes historical information, curriculum links (history, world cultures, and social studies), vocabulary words, discussion questions, extension activities, map challenges, related literature, and websites for additional information.

tag(s): cinco de mayo (12), mexico (34)

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This site is ready to use in class. Have cooperative learning groups debate the discussion questions. Better yet, turn the discussion questions into a class wiki, allowing students to input their thoughts on the wiki. Have students write a journal entry (as a blog) highlighting one of the discussion questions or from the perspective of someone living during the 1800s. Use a quick and easy writing tool such as Throwww reviewed here. Share maps of Mexico on your interactive whiteboard or projector. The Extension Activity calls for students to create and label a map. MapStory, reviewed here, would be the perfect tool for this since you can have images, text, and video in the annotation, and it has a timeline feature. Have cooperative learning groups create commercials highlighting what they have learned (be sure they include some new vocabulary words) or even a video advertisement for your class's Cinco de Mayo celebration. Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage - Scholastic

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This site highlights the historical contributions of Spanish speaking people, focusing on Hispanic America. Language learning opportunities, research projects, cultural analysis, and...more
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This site highlights the historical contributions of Spanish speaking people, focusing on Hispanic America. Language learning opportunities, research projects, cultural analysis, and biography writing are just some of the offerings available at three levels. The teacher's guide provides all the materials for each lesson, but the lesson is certainly adaptable to including the Latina students in your classroom who might have contributions to make. Additional site activities include music, recipes, crafts, games and other writing suggestions. In the Pinata concentration games, students learn a few Spanish words as they play! This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): cinco de mayo (12), explorers (62), hispanic (18), spanish (107)

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Use the activities on this site as part of cultural heritage or explorer study in social studies or in conjunction with Latino literature selections in your reading classes. As you study communities and cultures with younger students, this site will give you a way to focus on an example. Use this site as part of your Cinco de Mayo celebration, as well. Many of the activities would work well as either whole class lessons on a projector or small group "scavenger hunt" activities for upper grades on lab or laptop computers (make sure reading levels are appropriate if students must read on their own).
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Cinco de Mayo Words - Myvocabulary.com

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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Cinco de Mayo. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Cinco de Mayo...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Cinco de Mayo. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Cinco de Mayo vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): cinco de mayo (12)

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Use this site to reinforce and support vocabulary as you study Cinco de Mayo. Share the word puzzles on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create their own word activities from the same vocabulary list, such as matching or ranking challenges for their peers to try on the interactive whiteboard.

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Holiday Zone: Cinco de Mayo - Julie Vickery- Smith

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This Cinco de Mayo site offers a small but nice collection of recipes, games, activities, language exercises, and crafts to incorporate into a class celebration. At the time...more
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This Cinco de Mayo site offers a small but nice collection of recipes, games, activities, language exercises, and crafts to incorporate into a class celebration. At the time of this review, one of the interactive games was not working. There are also links to more information (several of which are out of date). However, the links that are active, offer lots of detailed information. Be aware: this site does include unobtrusive advertisements.

tag(s): cinco de mayo (12), mexico (34)

In the Classroom

Use this site to prepare for your classroom's Cinco de Mayo celebration. Have cooperative learning groups explore one of the additional sites or a specific topic and create a multimedia presentation: a PowerPoint, video, or blog entry.

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Cinco de Mayo - BellaOnline

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This site offers a booklist all related to Cinco de Mayo. Try out these two books and related hands-on activities that explore the traditions and culture of Mexico. There is...more
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This site offers a booklist all related to Cinco de Mayo. Try out these two books and related hands-on activities that explore the traditions and culture of Mexico. There is also a link to other sites for additional information. MOST of these sites were working, at the time of this review. This site does include some advertisements.

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Read the stories to your class and try some of the activities together!

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Taking the Fifth - Pearson Education

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This site offers a quick 5-question quiz. Test your students' knowledge Cinco de Mayo with this quiz. Be aware: there are LARGE advertisements at this site (all appropriate, but a ...more
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This site offers a quick 5-question quiz. Test your students' knowledge Cinco de Mayo with this quiz. Be aware: there are LARGE advertisements at this site (all appropriate, but a bit distracting).

tag(s): cinco de mayo (12), mexico (34)

In the Classroom

While studying Cinco de Mayo and/or Mexico, share this quick quiz on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Cinco de Mayo - Kiddyhouse.com

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This site offers great detailed information about Cinco de Mayo. Highlights include "When is Cinco de Mayo?," "What is Cinco de Mayo Celebrated About?,"Why is Cinco de Mayo Celebrated...more
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This site offers great detailed information about Cinco de Mayo. Highlights include "When is Cinco de Mayo?," "What is Cinco de Mayo Celebrated About?,"Why is Cinco de Mayo Celebrated on a Much Larger Scale in the United States?," and many other links and printables. Be aware: this site has not been kept up to date and many of the "extra" links are no longer working, however the information is still useful.

tag(s): cinco de mayo (12), mexico (34)

In the Classroom

Use this informational site about the history behind the May 5th holiday as the focus of a teacher-made Web hunt. Check out the links at the end of the narrative for printable coloring activities and Word searches.

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