How to Plan a Hispanic Heritage Month Party with a Twist - Free Resources for Spanish Teachers
Hispanic Heritage Month Party
How can we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month without some kind of party? We should have a party, that’s part of Hispanic heritage, too. Instead of the usual bring some food, play some music, let’s try something a little bit different—a prop party. It’s a little like a costume party.
Have students research some famous people of Hispanic origin. If you don’t have time for this, use a Hispanic Heritage Minute to introduce students to important people of Hispanic heritage. This minute should be no more than that— a brief description of the person and why he or she is significant and an image of that person. Display the image with the person’s name in your classroom so that you have a Hall of Fame by the end of the month. By now you’re asking yourself “Where’s the party part?” Here it is:
- Students will come to the party with a prop that represents a person they have either researched or is in your Hall of Fame.
- Encourage students to be creative with the props they choose.
- To make a game out of this, have students guess who each person in the class is representing.
- For more advanced students, you may have them ask and answer questions in Spanish to determine everyone’s alter ego.
- If the students have researched a person, you may choose to have them do a brief presentation about the person.
- Have the class ask and answer questions about how the prop represents this person.
Another activity you can do with very advanced, heritage, or native speakers is to have them prepare a riddle about a person they researched. Allow students to ask yes/no questions to help them correctly identify the person.
Now that you have the party game finished, eat drink, and be merry. ¡A celebrar!
Tell us how you are going to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with your classes. We’d love to hear from you and we’d love to share more ideas with our readers.
Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.
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