Monday, September 18, 2017

Dolores Huerta Lesson Plans, Activities, Coloring Sheets and More

Dolores Huerta Lesson Plans, Activities, Books, Videos, and More

A few days ago on Instagram, someone asked me about resources for studying Dolores Huerta. Something similar to this post I put together for Cesar Chavez. And after thinking about it, I realized that I was guilty of having highlighted Cesar and his work while ignoring Dolores, who was equally important in the work they did...if not more so! And isn't it a shame that her contribution to U.S. history has largely been overshadowed by Cesar's, the activist with whom she partnered to fight for the rights of farm workers? In fact, that iconic phrase - "Sí, se puede!" - that was adopted by our former president, Barack Obama, was coined by Dolores in 1972.

To learn about other remarkable Hispanics or Latinos, check out my post Latinos in History Your Children Should Know.

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Dolores Huerta quote

Lesson Plans on Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta glossary & poster set

Printables for Learning about Dolores Huerta

  • Dolores Huerta Glossary & Poster Set  SHOWN ABOVE (4th - 8th) 
    Introduce your students to Dolores Huerta with this easy, NO-PREP, printable poster and glossary! Available in full color or black-and-white, you can decorate your classroom or have your students color in the poster and read the glossary which features words related to the activist. Includes writing pages for independent research.

  • 10 Latinas in History (3rd - 6th)
    Dolores is included in this reading comprehension packet that comes with one-page reading passages, comprehension worksheets that focus on facts and vocabulary from the passages, a matching activity, dictionary reference, and complete the sentence.

  • Hispanics in History Character Crowns (4th - 7th)
    Based on the "Who Am I?" game, this set of character crowns features 30 influential Hispanics in History. Each crown comes with a fact sheet and extension strips for making the crown. Directions for assembly and instructions on different ways to play the game, as well as different ways to use the crowns are included.

  • A+ National Hispanic Month: Dolores Huerta ... Three Graphic Organizers (PreK - 1st)
    Here are 3 graphic organizers to use when writing about Dolores Huerta during National Hispanic Heritage Month from Regina Davis.

  • A+ National Hispanic Month: Dolores Huerta Writing Paper (K - 1st)
    Simple writing papers also from Regina Davis.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month - Dolores Huerta - Worksheets and Readings (Bilingual) (1st - 5th)
    Ready to Teach Bilinguals
     has this set of worksheets and reading comprehension with a special version of Dolores Huerta.

  • Pasaporte Cultural - Dolores Huerta (7th - 12th)
    A graphic organizer for studying Huerta created by La Secundaria. Includes an optional interactive digital version.

Dolores Huerta coloring page for preschoolers

Dolores Huerta Coloring Pages

Sadly, I couldn't find any coloring pages that I like. So, I made one for preschoolers! Pair it with this one I created for Cesar Chavez to talk about the two of them and their fight for farm workers. 

Dolores Huerta Videos for Students

Be sure to check out my Dolores Huerta Playlist on YouTube that features videos specifically about the activist. I've listed a few of the pieces I like best below, but the playlist has other excellent videos, too. 

As always, please review movies before showing them to your students so you can check them for appropriateness. Don't forget that you can also show students YouTube videos safely with VideoLink!

Here's a short but good intro for students produced by Biography: Dolores Huerta – Activist & Co-Founder of United Farm Workers.

For a Spanish video biography, I absolutely love this one for little children from CBeebies Español:

Dolores the Movie

While researching for this post, I discovered that a new documentary featuring Dolores has just been released. That was a very pleasant surprise! It looks like a great resource for high school students. But as always, teachers/parents should preview it first for appropriateness. If you think it is a good fit for your students or children, you can get it on DVD or stream it with PBS Documentaries.


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