Students love to participate in celebrations of all kinds—and some of the most exciting lessons for kids involve learning about traditions that may be new to them. As we seek to be more inclusive of all cultures, it’s important for kids to learn about the patchwork that makes the U.S. one nation with many different cultures.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15 through October 15 in recognition of Hispanic American contributions and influences in our society. In areas of education, science, technology, government, and arts and culture—to name just a few—Hispanic influence is innovative and far-reaching. National Hispanic Heritage Month activities for students of all ages allow them to learn about, celebrate, and acknowledge the history and heritage of Hispanic Americans.
A sense of togetherness embodies the Hispanic spirit, which is why Hispanic Heritage Month often celebrates family ties and culture. Family does not just include relatives, but also friends and neighbors. Music and food—there are so many traditional dishes to try—also play an important role in the festivities.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a great celebration for all because there’s always something new we can learn from one another, and we can appreciate the impact of Hispanic culture on our nation as a whole. Each of us uses words daily that are of Spanish origin—such as tomato, ranch, canyon, and more—often without realizing it. Many landmarks in our country are also of Hispanic origin. For example, St. Augustine, Florida, the first permanent European settlement, was founded by a Spanish admiral in 1565. Hispanic heritage is American heritage!
Hispanic Heritage Month Lesson Plan Ideas for School
These six Hispanic Heritage Month lessons and activities will enable your students to explore Hispanic culture and history in the United States.
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