Elementary Spanish Classes Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Families attending recent conferences at BHS elementary schools heard about many of the wonderful experiences their children were having in their classrooms. Not only have students been gaining many new skills in reading and math, but they also have been learning about Hispanic Heritage Month as part of their Spanish classes. Each grade and school had multiple areas of focus, providing students with a broader understanding of Spanish language and Hispanic culture.
- First grade Conant students celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by making sombreros and learning the Mexican Hat Dance. One of the IB inquiry questions was, “How many families at Conant are Hispanic?” Through research, the students discovered that there are more than 30 families at Conant that are Hispanic. To support literacy, students read the story “El Sombrero del Tío Nacho” about change and letting go of things.
- Second grade students discussed what it means to be Hispanic and to celebrate heritage by reading the book “Pepe and the Parade” by Tracey Kyle. Students made connections to their own heritage(s), made books about Mexican holidays, read them to their classmates, and learned to identify Spanish speaking countries on a map.
- Third grade students at Eastover discovered important contributions of notable Hispanic figures throughout history with their own pendant research project. They also created a collaborative mural throughout third grade to honor and celebrate Hispanic history and culture.
- Fourth grade Way students learned about the important contributions of Ellen Ochoa, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo, among other remarkable figures from Spanish speaking countries. Afterward, the students engaged in a friendly and competitive trivia quiz with their classmates.
- Fifth grade students at BHMS learned about Hispanic Heritage Month history and why it’s celebrated, the difference between “Hispanic” and “Latino” terms, and the importance of recognizing the month. They also learned about Sonia Sotomayor and some other remarkable figures.
Students also had access to an online “choice board” which allowed them to explore even more information about Hispanic Heritage Month.