National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th. In the United States, Spanish is the second language that most people learn. In fact, more than 38 million native Spanish speakers are now in the United States. Do you speak Spanish? ¿Habla usted Español?
A Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically, this would be a fabulous time to celebrate the languages of English as Second Language Learners (ELL).
Offer a quick lesson in Spanish words and phrases with the help of those students. ¡Vamos! Let’s go!
Begin with learning to count!
Ask ELL students to count backwards from ten allowing them to “show-off” as they teach others their language.
Move on to helpful phrases!
READ: Pancho Rabbit and Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh
In this allegorical picture book, a young rabbit named Pancho eagerly awaits his papa’s return. Papa Rabbit traveled north two years prior to find work in the great carrot and lettuce fields to earn money for his family. When Papa does not return, Pancho sets out to find him. He packs Papa’s favorite meal—mole, rice and beans, a heap of warm tortillas, and a jug of aguamiel—and heads north. He meets a coyote, who offers to help Pancho in exchange for some of Papa’s food. They travel together until the food is gone and the coyote decides he is still hungry . . . for Pancho!
Listen to this interview with the author of Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote.
For older students read: I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin
Celeste Marconi is a dreamer. She lives peacefully among friends and neighbors and family in the idyllic town of Valparaiso, Chile—until the time comes when even Celeste, with her head in the clouds, can’t deny the political unrest that is sweeping through the country. Warships are spotted in the harbor and schoolmates disappear from class without a word. Celeste doesn’t quite know what is happening, but one thing is clear: no one is safe, not anymore.
Here are some fun ways you can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month:
Play Paco’s Passport – a game celebrating Hispanic heritage!