National Hispanic Heritage Month

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PBS LearningMedia

September 15th marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month! There are about 54 million Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. That's a lot of people to celebrate! Across the country, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated with festivals and community events recognizing the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the U.S.

READ
Use this fact sheet for an overview of Hispanic Heritage Month, from its origins to some firsts in Latino American history! Click here

WATCH 
Teach your kids about the culture and contributions of Hispanics and Latinos with another installment of PBS LearningMedia's “All About the Holidays.”

This educational video offers students an overview of the observance’s week-long origins in 1968, to its extension as a full month in 1988 by President Reagan. They will also learn about some important figures in Hispanic American history, like Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman to become an astronaut, and Nancy Lopez, one of the greatest women golfers to play the game. Click here

TEACH
Teach Young learners a little Spanish while they discover the Dominican Republic's favorite pastimes with this song from PBS Kids' "Postcards from Buster"! Click here

DO
Bolster vocabulary knowledge with this Hispanic Heritage Month-themed interactive crossword puzzle! Click here

BONUS
Check out Videos featuring puppets, animation, live action and music bring the Spanish language and culture alive for first-time learners! Click here

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