This Hispanic Culture Page is divided into 3 sections, Lesson Plans, PowerPoints & Worksheets, all containing specific resources for teaching Hispanic Culture. Each resource is categorized as elementary, middle or high (School).
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Hispanic Culture, Countries & Nationalities Lesson Plans & Activities:
- “Spanish Speaking Family Lesson Plan“ (elementary/middle school) activity for identifying Spanish speaking countries. Learn about families in different Spanish speaking countries, their similarities and differences. (Click on tabs on the right and above)
- Cultural Holidays (elementary/middle school) fun creative lesson plan to contrast and compare different Hispanic culturalholidays.
- “Baila” (middle/high school) research, learn and share knowledge of Hispanic Culture through Latin dances.
- Spanish Language & Culture With Baleros (middle school) Kids learn about the Spanish culture and language while they play and have fun with baleros.
- “A Tribute To Miró”(middle/high school) students learn about an Spanish painter, his style, culture and surroundings by creating their own painting.
- “Guantanamera” (high school) listen, analyze and discuss the Spanish song “Guantanamera”.
- Mexican Artists (high school) learn about Mexican revolution and 5 artists of the time.
- Una Comida Mexicana (middle school) learn about food in Mexico.
- Hispanic Culture Lesson Plan (high school) students will make a Powerpoint presentation of a Spanish speaking country, history, art, literature and culture.
- Mexican Day of the Dead Project (middle/high school) project guidelines for recreating the day of the dead with the students.
- Lesson Plan Spanish Speaking Culture Christmas – La NavidadSpanish4Teachers.org (middle/high school) a project about Christmas in Spanish speaking countries. Students should research online, answer questions, contrast and compare and finally create a Pesebre. – La Navidad –
- Spanish Idioms Lesson plan on how to use Spanish idioms effectively and spontaneously.
- Lesson Plan ‘Viajemos a ESPAÑA” (high school) interesting and engaging lesson plan in which students use the internet to take a virtual trip to Spain.
- Lesson Plan “Famosos del Mundo Hispano” (high school) great lesson plan to learn about some famous Spanish speakers and practice nationalities and professions. It provides all the materials needed.
- Spanish Teaching Song La Bamba teach Spanish pronunciation, vocab and accents with La Bamba. Includes the lesson plan, oral quiz and activities.
- Comparing Picasso and Dali Spanish research activity to compare the Spanish artists.
- Famous Hispanics Project project to complete a biography magazine of famous Spanish speakers. Includes handout.
- National Hispanic Heritage Month Lesson Plans the National Education Association put together these lesson plans to celebrate culture and create culture awareness. Lesson plans categorized by grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12.
- Spanish Culture Trivia a set of cards to play trivia about the Spanish (Spain) culture.
- Spanish Culture Lesson Plan complete lesson plan to study, explore and learn about the Spanish (Spain) culture.
- Spanish Culture Unit Plancomplete unit plan based on social/cultural awareness of the Spanish culture. Activities to understand certain Spanish customs and avoid possible misunderstandings.
Hispanic Culture, Countries & Nationalities PowerPoints:
Hispanic Culture, Countries & Nationalities Worksheets and Handouts:
Other Hispanic Culture Resources:
- La Navidadwebsite that talks about La Navidad and the Spanish (Spain) traditions.
- La Cultura Mexicana Website in English with tons of articles, videos, images about the Mexican culture.
- Hispanic Culture Online website in Spanish with Spanish speaking events, news and culture in Boston.
- Resources to Teach La Navidad (elementary/middle school) a website with stories, books, games, drawings, sayings and more to celebrate Navidad.
- Latin Culture Resources excellent website with many different resources to teach about the Latin – Hispanic Culture. Cinema, literature, music, biographies, recipes.
- A “Simple Booklet” about The Spanish Empire a booklet about The Spanish Empire created by Spanish students. Good resource to learn more about the Spanish culture. Nice tool to introduce technology to the classroom.
- A collection of Spanish / Hispanic riddles _ Adivinanzas en español a big collection of Hispanic riddles. The answers to the riddles are in parenthesis and written backwards.
- Spanish TV Online online Spanish TV. Soap Operas, comedies, sitcoms and more.
- News Videos In Spanish news from Spain about the economy, the world, culture and more. Includes videos.
- Celebrate Hispanic Heritage biographies, in English, of 6 amazing Hispanic people. Click on each name next to the little round picture to be taken to each biography.
- Todo tango – Carlos Gardel great website to plan a virtual field trip to the land of Carlos Gardel and his tango.
- Spanish Language and Culture Hispanic culture resources. Interactive explanation, exercises, pictures, activities and more.
- Todo Sobre España website with information about Spain and its culture. Cities, regions, flamenco, food. Could also be used with the travel unit, as it gives prices and itineraries for trips around Spain.
- Frida Kahlo Brain Pop a short video in Spanish talking about Frida Kahlo and important fact and events surrounding her life. At the end, the video offers comprehension activities.
- Simon Bolivar Brain Pop short brain-pop video Spanish talking about Simon Bolivar. It offers oral comprehension activities and further research.
- Mexican Revolution Brain Pop short video in Spanish explaining the Mexican revolution. Comprehension activities and more information and research are offered.
- Spanish Culture Clips an awesome collection of Hispanic culture authentic documentary clips and promotional videos. Clips are about Hispanic countries, food, people, festivals. Videos are accompanied by immediate-answer quizzes to self check listening comprehension.
- Spanish Sayings printable Spanish sayings cards (dichos). “Feliz como una lombriz”, Más agusto que un arbusto”…
- El Refranario insert a saying in Spanish and the tool will give you the meaning, an example, synonyms and translations.
- Culture Documentaries (Documentales culturales) a collection of complete culture documentaries in Spanish.
- Documentaries in Spanish many documentaries in Spanish. Different topics.
- Cultura y Tradiciones de Puerto Rico an article in Spanish about the Puerto Rican culture.
- Day of Dead vs Halloween printable chart comparing Halloween and the Day of the Dead (Día de los muertos).
- An adventure in Costa Rica a great video all about Costa Rica, its customs and culture. – Contributed by Ester Ulate!
- La biblioteca de Gabo a Thinglink interactive compilation of Gabo’s books created by the Colomnian newspaper El Tiempo.
- El Comercio ThingLink a collection of interactive images created by the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio.
- Interesting facts about the Spanish language infographic that highlights 50 facts about the Spanish language. Great to use as a poster for the classroom.
Spanish, Hispanic and Latin Culture #AuthRes – Authentic Resources:
Authentic Hispanic Materials
- Mapas interactivos a collection of interactive maps in Spanish and of Spanish speaking countries.
- Mind Maps in Spanish a great collection of mind maps in Spanish. They include different Spanish/Hispanic topics such as countries, football, the pope, etc.
- Visit Mexico a travel site dedicated to Mexico. All about Mexican cities, towns and culture. Short articles and information. Great for Mexican culture projects, creating itineraries, travel plans or webquests.
- Colombia travel spectacular travel website dedicated to Colombia. Find all sorts of information about cities, towns, food, festivals, art, folk, maps and more. Beautiful pictures and videos available. Excellent resource for learning about the Colombian culture and including it in your Spanish lessons to research, create projects, etc.
- Las 50 mejores canciones latinas, según Billboard compilation of the most popular songs by Spanish speaking musicians. Videos included.
Authentic Hispanic Music
- La Tierra del Olvido – amazing song/video of this typical Colombian song. Video shows famous Colombian artists, destination places, regions, geography, food and culture! Excellent to base a project/webquest on! These are the activities I created around this video: Colombia – Hispanic culture unit plan activities (high school).
Authentic Hispanic Dances
- Excellent short Flamenco video (Spain)
- History of the Argentinian Tango
The following is a list of territories where English is an official language, that is, a language used in citizen interactions with government officials. In 2015, there were 54 sovereign states and 27 non-sovereign entities where English was an official language. Many country subdivisions have declared English an official language at the local or regional level.
The majority of states where English is an official language are former territories of the British Empire. Notable exceptions include Rwanda, which was formerly a Belgian territory, Cameroon, where only part of national territory were under British mandate, and Liberia, the Philippines, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau, which were under American rule. English is the sole official language of the Commonwealth of Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. English is one of the official languages of the United Nations, the European Union, NAFTA, African Union, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Caribbean Community, Union of South American Nations and many other international organizations. Although English is de jure not an official language at the national level in the United States, most states and territories within the United States have English as an official language. Only Puerto Rico uses a language other than English as a primary working language.
The United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, where the overwhelming majority of native English speakers reside, do not have English as an official language de jure, but English is considered to be their de facto official language due to its dominant position in these countries.
|Antigua and Barbuda||Caribbean||85,000||Yes|
|Federated States of Micronesia||Oceania||110,000||No|
|Ghana||Africa||27,000,000||Yes (used as lingua franca)|
|India||Asia||1,247,540,000||No (but official and educational)|
|Kenya||Africa||45,010,056||Yes (used in business and education)|
|Liberia||Africa||3,750,000||No (Majority of people speaks English)|
|Malta||Europe||430,000||No (but official and educational)|
|Mauritius||Africa / Indian Ocean||1,262,000||No|
|Namibia||Africa||2,074,000||No (used as lingua franca)|
|Nigeria||Africa||182,202,000||Yes (used as lingua franca)|
|Pakistan||Asia||199,085,847||No (but official and educational)|
|Papua New Guinea||Oceania||7,059,653||No|
|Philippines||Asia||102,885,100||No (but official and educational)|
|Rwanda||Africa||11,262,564||No (but official and educational)|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||Caribbean||50,000||Yes|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Caribbean||120,000||Yes|
|Seychelles||Africa / Indian Ocean||87,000||No|
|Singapore||Asia||5,469,700||No (but official and educational)|
|South Africa||Africa||54,956,900||No (but official, educated and|
lingua franca in formal economy )
|Trinidad and Tobago||Caribbean||1,333,000||Yes|
|Uganda||Africa||37,873,253||No (official and educated)|
|Zimbabwe||Africa||13,061,239||No (used as lingua franca)|
|Bahrain||Asia / Middle East||1,378,000|
|Israel||Asia / Middle East||8,051,200|
|Jordan||Asia / Middle East||9,882,401|
|Kuwait||Asia / Middle East||4,348,395|
|Qatar||Asia / Middle East||2,675,522|
|United Arab Emirates||Asia / Middle East||5,779,760|
|Akrotiri and Dhekelia||Europe||15,700|
|British Virgin Islands||Caribbean||23,000|
|Falkland Islands||South Atlantic||3,000|
|Isle of Man8||Europe||80,058|
|Northern Mariana Islands7||Oceania||53,883|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||Caribbean||26,000|
|U.S. Virgin Islands5||Caribbean||111,000|
In these country subdivisions, English has de jure official status, but English is not official in their respective countries at the national level.
|Alabama||United States||North America||4,833,722|
|Alaska||United States||North America||735,132|
|Arizona||United States||North America||6,626,624|
|Arkansas||United States||North America||2,959,373|
|California||United States||North America||38,332,521|
|Colorado||United States||North America||5,268,367|
|Florida||United States||North America||19,552,860|
|Georgia||United States||North America||9,992,167|
Official as majority language
Official as minority language
Co-official as majority language
Co-official as minority language
Not official as majority language
Not official as minority language