No matter our color, ZIP code, or language, we want all our children to have a public education that imparts honesty about who we are, the integrity in how we treat each other, and the freedom to pursue our dreams.
Hispanic Heritage Month is not only a time for those of Hispanic and Latino descent to celebrate their cultural roots but also an occasion for people from all backgrounds to learn, appreciate, and celebrate the rich tapestry of Hispanic and Latino cultures.
Despite efforts by some politicians today to whitewash history, to restrict our freedoms to teach and to learn, throughout our history, Hispanic and Latino communities have left an indelible mark on the fields of art, music, literature, science, politics, education, and countless other domains. Their enduring legacy is not only a source of pride for those who share this heritage but also a source of inspiration for all of us who recognize the power of diversity in shaping our shared humanity.
Through this list of curated resources, books, lessons, videos and activities, we invite you to explore, learn, and celebrate the vibrant heritage and contributions of Hispanic and Latino communities to our world.
Celebrating Hispanic Art, Dance, and Holidays
Diving into Hispanic History and Culture
Latino Americans Share Their Experiences
Sí, se puede!": Chávez, Huerta, and the UFW
Hispanic Heritage Teacher Resources
Bring Hispanic Heritage Month to Life: A Collection of Resources
Interactive timelines, scavenger hunts, and other learning fun all about Hispanic Americans. Grades K-8
Colorín Colorado - Hispanic Heritage Month
Information, puzzles, biographies for English language learners. In English and Spanish. Grades K-12
Learn to play Cuban Dominoes with this printable pdf and instructions. Grades 3-8
Learn about and make your own lotería cards Grades 4-10
Fact Monster - Hispanic Heritage Month Activities
Crosswords, population statistics, and more. Grades 6-8
Famous Hispanic Americans (K-5)
Coloring pages and hero cards for sports, science, politics, and the arts.
Learn to play Cuban Dominoes with this printable pdf and instructions (3-5)
Day of the Dead - El Dia de los Muertos K-12 curriculum resources.
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino: Molina Family Latino Gallery
Includes exhibitions, virtual museum, Virtual Museum Bilingual Teacher Training Took Kit, and more.
National Hispanic Heritage Month Selected resources for teachers.
Articles Tagged as Latino American History from Smithsonian magazine.
Library of Congress - Hispanic Heritage Month
Images, exhibits, audio, and video.
Mexican American Migrations and Communities
Teacher Resources and ideas on how to use these these resources
Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino
The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino strives to create a museum in our nation’s capital to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories. News and how to Take Action.
Pew Research Center: Who is Hispanic?
Analysis on statistics and identity.
AUDIO & VIDEO
Hispanic History - Timeline, Resources, Stories, Videos
Spanish Movies for Kids: G- and PG-rated Titles
Each year we’re seeing more Spanish movies for kids hit the theaters and streaming services. This is a list of family-friendly Spanish movies for kids (these are great movies for Spanish class as well!)
Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement
This documentary series chronicles the struggle for equality and social justice of the Mexican American community in the United States from 1965 to 1975.
Booklists and Recommended Titles
The Latinx Kidlit Book Database
Bilingual Picture Books in English and Spanish
Explore Latin American music and dance Grades 6-12
History: The Origins of 7 Key Latin Music Genres Grades 6-12
List of Genres:
- Latin Jazz Music – About
Latin jazz, also called Afro-Cuban jazz, IS a style of music that blends rhythms and percussion instruments of Cuba and the Spanish Caribbean with jazz and its fusion of European and African musical elements.
- Salsa Music
- Merengue Music
- Ranchera Music
- Tango Music
- Bolero Music
- Flamenco Music
- Reggaeton Music
- Latin Pop Music
- Bossa Nova Music
- Samba Music
- Norteño Music
- Corrido Music
- Danzón Music
- Cuban Rumba Music – Also, Cuban Music
- Cumbia Music
- Bachata Music
- Son Cubano Music
- Tejano Music
- Mariachi Music – Also, about Mariachi Music
- Banda Music
- Regional Mexican
- Latin Trap Music – Also, about Latin Trap Music