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10 Resources for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate the histories and cultural contributions of Americans with ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and other locations. The observance starts on September 15 to commemorate the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries: Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. Share this week’s collection of resources with your students. 

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Grades K-12

All About the Holidays

Learn about the history and significance of several holidays through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. Search the fall resources to find the Hispanic Heritage Month collection, which includes a video, standards, a teacher guide, and more.

Grades 3-12

Latinx Authors and History

This collection includes poems, short stories, memoirs, and informational texts that explore the experiences of Latinx, Chicano, and Hispanic individuals and movements. The thumbnail view of each text includes a summary and suggested grade level.

Grades 5-9

Reading Trek: The Distance Between Us

Embark on a virtual field trip to follow the journey of Reyna Grande, an undocumented Mexican teen trying to find her identity as both a Mexican and an American. This Reading Trek provides a robust set of learning activities and an interactive map.

Grades K-12


Share these TV segments that tell popular children’s stories in Spanish. The episodes include puppets, animations, live action, and music characteristic of Hispanic culture. You will also find transcripts, activity guides, games, and review activities.

Grades K-6

Kid World Citizen

Kid World Citizen offers many resources that encourage kids to become global thinkers. Use the search box to find resources related to Hispanic heritage, such as “35+ Best Resources and Activities to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.”

Grades 3-8

Cesar Chavez: Labor Leader and Civil Rights Activist Video

This resource includes a lesson plan that integrates a video into a broader topic. Students learn about Cesar Chavez by examining a primary source document that displays an image of him organizing workers outside a supermarket in 1969.

Grades 3-6

Reading Trek: Esperanza Rising

TeachersFirst Reading Treks use Google Maps to create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature. This Trek and its instructional guide provide inspiration and lesson suggestions for the popular trade book “Esperanza Rising.”

Grades K-6

Teaching Central America: Teaching Ideas for Elementary

This resource shares lessons and guides to support educators in teaching about Central America. Topics include lessons based on Hispanic-themed fiction and nonfiction picture books, an interactive map, and short biographies of Central American leaders.

Grades 6-12

Zinn Education Project

View lesson plans, teaching materials, and a bibliography of related books and other non-web-based resources. Use the search button to scroll down to Latinx resources that would be useful for lessons during Hispanic Heritage Month or any time.

Grades K-12

The Kennedy Center Dance Collection

Explore the culture and history of dance worldwide and its importance in telling stories through movement and music. Learn Latin dances like bachata and flamenco and watch a video about other Latin dances or the Pacífico Dance Company.

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Tuesday, 9/26, 7 PM ET

OK2Ask: Tech Made EZ with ClassTools

Learn how to use ClassTools to design meaningful projects that cater to student abilities and needs. Explore using ClassTools projects as formative and summative assessments that provide meaningful feedback and support diverse learners.

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Tech Tool of the Month: FluentKey

View this blog post that shares an interactive video and gaming tool that can be shared in many languages. Change the language to teach your students Spanish during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Share songs and videos in Spanish »

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Across the World Once a Week

Make connections beyond your classroom and try out this simple, social way for students to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals from other students worldwide. Your class is presented with one question per week to answer about where you live.

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