Did you know that Sept. 15th - Oct. 15th is National Hispanic American Heritage Month?
We live in a rich, diverse community and it’s important to recognize the components of our multiethnic world.
This period is a fantastic time to acknowledge the impact of famous Hispanic Americans and how Hispanic culture has influenced our community.
There’s plenty of activities that either engage your students to partake in Hispanic culture or encourage them to learn more about famous Hispanic Americans. Here are some of our favorite activities!
Nazca Lines Exploratory Art
This teacher/mom gathered on her website an awesome variety of Spanish resources to use in your classroom. Get inspired to do your own activity or adopt an idea like this Nazca Line Art activity exploring the mysterious etchings in the Peruvian desert!
- Gather craft sand, glue cardstock paper, a thick, flat paintbrush, and optional red and brown paint.
- First make the background to the lines: the desert. You mix paint and about half as much glue. You can also mix some red and brown paint so it looks more like the real desert.
- Using a thick brush, spread the mixture all over the paper. You want to have a layer thick enough to etch into it. This is your desert!
- Now practice your drawing skills by etching into the sand. You can imitate the actual Nazca Lines or come up with your own creation. Us e the end tip of the watercolor brush to clear away the sand mixture and create a design that lets the paper show through. Make sure to do this step before the sand and glue dry!
- Hang up your students' masterpieces in your classroom!
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Celebrity Interview Project
- Get small poster papers, and color pencils. Prepare a list of famous Hispanic people, such as Sotomayor, for your students to pick one they want to research in teams of 2.
- Have your students do basic searching on Wiki to find the person's full name, date of birth, country of origin, and why the person was famous.
- Depending on time, you may already prepare paper strips of questions that you want your students to glue to their posters.
- Your students should answer in full sentences and then decorate their posters.
- Record voices with one being the interviewer and the other one being the interviewee, using a free version of an app called Voice Record. Then create QR codes with the free program QR code.
- Display the posters and invite family to use their devices to listen to their children reading their interviews.
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DIY Musical Instrument
Introduce Hispanic music and musical instruments to your students with this easy craft activity that makes castanets! When you're finished, you can also teach a few common rhythms and patterns found in Hispanic music. Clack away like a flamenco dancer!
- You'll need a small paper plate or thick cardboard; colored permanent markers or water-based paint; scissors; glue gun; hole punch or pencil; buttons, coins or metal washers; and elastic band or ribbons.
- With either the cardboard or paper plate, cut it to a size that fits your hand when folded. 4" x 8" is a good size.
- Fold in the middle, hamburger style. Don't crease it too much! There should still be some spring when opening and closing it.
- You can design your castanet into different shapes! Make sure your design fills most of your folded surface like a seashell, flower, a cat's head, etc.
- Cut your castanet into your desired shape.
- Punch two holes near the bottom of your castanet. The distance between the holes should be about the same as the width from your little finger to your pointer finger.
- Color your castanet! You can do all sorts of colors or traditional Hispanic colors.
- Attach straps by cutting elastic bands or ribbons about 2 or 3 inches longer than the distance between the holes on the castanet or long enough to fit snuggly around your four fingers. Knot the ends of the strap on the other side of the punched holes. Or if you're using a ribbon, tie the ends of the ribbon together. Do the same for the other side of the castanet.
- Glue coins, buttons, or metal washers along the inner edges of the castanet. Make sure that when you close the castanet, you produce a clicking sound.
- Hold the castanet in your hand and make some music!
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