Monday, September 30, 2019

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln

The only thing I love more than discovering children's books about remarkable Latinos is being able to share them on MommyMaestra.

A few months ago, author Margarita Engle shared news about her upcoming new book, Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln (aff link). I finally got my hands on a copy  this month. It. Is. Wonderful.

I had never heard of Teresa Carreño, the prodigy pianist from Venezuela who began playing the piano as a little girl and composing her own music by the time she was 6. Not only did she play for President Lincoln as noted in this lovely story, but apparently for the famous composers Rossini and Liszt, too!

In Dancing Hands, we learn about Teresa's love of music and how she developed her talent in her homeland of Venezuela. We also read about how she and her family were forced to flee to the United States when Venezuala erupted in a revolution...only to arrive in the middle of the U.S. Civil War. The story goes on to chronicle the events that led to her performing for President Lincoln and his family in the White House.

I quite simply love the inspirational story that is this book. And the illustrations! Really, all of Rafael López's work is outstanding. And Dancing Hands is no exception. His unique style is just vibrant and joyful. It's full of detail and transition.

This book isn't just for Hispanic Heritage Month, though I will certainly add it to my master list of book for celebrating this national observance. But it is an engaging story that should be read anytime and anywhere by everybody.

I think it is an especially wonderful read for little girls to motivate and inspire them to grab ahold of their talents and not let go.

I love this particular book so much that I created reading comprehension questions to go with it, also. Use them while reading with your child or students.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

I love learning about new people who have done remarkable things. Last month, on the MommyMaestra Facebook page, I asked my followers who they would include on a list of Latinos who impacted U.S. history. The response was overwhelming.

One of the names mentioned was Arturo Schomburg. I had not heard of him before. But a little research quickly led to a description of his inspirational contributions. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Schomburg's mother was a freeborn black midwife and his father was a German merchant.

Arturo Alfonso Schomburg was only in grade school when one of his teachers claimed that blacks had no history, heroes, or accomplishments (I know! What a horrible person!). That comment stayed with Schomburg, who vowed to prove her wrong and began a lifelong collection of books, letters, music, and art documenting the accomplishments of Africans and the African diaspora.

When he was 17, Schomburg moved to New York and his collection continued to grow. Eventually, it outgrew his home and became the basis for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library (which he curated himself).

Candlewick Press has a beautiful new picture book out telling this Afro-Latino's life story. Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library chronicles his adventures from when he was a young boy up through adulthood. And it is all written in free verse poetry, which makes it even more special.

Really, the whole book is a work of art because in addition to being beautifully written, the most remarkable part of this book, in my opinion, are the illustrations. Created by Eric Velasquez, each page is a portrait that I just want to sit and stare at. Take a look...


The back of the book even contains a timeline of his life.

And, yes! It is also available in Spanish.

Request this new title at your local library or bookstore. Or you can purchase it from Amazon:

Monday, September 23, 2019

Mario and the Hole in the Sky & Free Download

I'm emotional because I've been listening to all the news about our amazing youth who are championing demanding action on climate change from political leaders around the world. I've listened to Greta Thunberg deliver passionate speeches and interviews, including today's speech at the United Nations. I've read about American Alexandria Villasenor, who at 14 is one of the youngest organizers of the global climate strike. And I've watch interviews with Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, one of the young people suing our federal government in Juliana v. United States of America.

In light of all this, I can't tell you how thrilled I am to share this new book from Charlesbridge!

This post contains affiliate links.

Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet by Elizabeth Rusch is the biography of Dr. Mario José Molina, the researcher who discovered the horrifying effects of CFCs on our planet's protective ozone layer.

The book begins with Mario's childhood and how he became interested in science. It highlights his family's support of his interests, and then follows his journey into higher education eventually earning his PhD. 

And then the story focuses in on his research of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and his discovery of the damage they were causing to our atmosphere. It talks about his struggle to let the world know about the danger and what it took for people to finally believe him.

And it talks about his new concern - global warming - and how he has hope because he's already lived through the first environmental crisis and seen how universal action can happen and make solutions work.

This awesome book goes further to help extend the learning because it also has additional pages included to help kids, including:
  • an epilogue in the back of the book that talks about Mario's new focus: climate change,
  • pages dedicated to showing the surprising similarities between the ozone hole and global warming in an easy to read flow chart,
  • an entire section with books and websites to read about Mario Molina and the ozone layer, as well as books and websites for understanding about global warming,
  • a section listing things kids (and families!) can do today to use less energy and release less greenhouse gas into the atmosphere,
  • another section from the author dedicated to the research process,
  • and a timeline inside the back cover!
I mean, really. This book is such a treasure for families and schools! And I love that it highlights such an important figure in our world history: A Mexican American chemist. 

Elizabeth Rusch is a science writer who loves telling important, overlooked stories. She does a great job with this book.

And the illustrator, Teresa Martínez, is a Mexican artist. Her artwork in this book is very engaging for children. (It actually reminds me of early Disney movies - beautifully hand-drawn.) The illustrations make science come alive - chemistry at that! How hard is that for an artist?

And you know what the best part is? It's available in BOTH ENGLISH AND SPANISH! (See below.)

I love this book so much that I've created a free download with some easy comprehension questions for you to ask your child/student after they have finished reading the story. Yes, they are in English and Spanish so you can choose which one best suits your needs.

You can find these fabulous books (English and Spanish) on Amazon:

Friday, September 20, 2019

Tito Puente Lesson Plans, Coloring Pages, Crafts, Activities and More

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I'm delighted to participate once again in the MKB Hispanic Heritage Series. I've chosen to highlight musician Tito Puente this year. Below, you'll find a few resources for studying the Mambo King, as well as a free download that I've created for the occasion. I hope you enjoy!

If you want to learn about other important figures, check out my post on Latinos in History Your Children Should Know.

This post contains affiliate links.

Tito Puente Lesson Plans

Coloring Pages & Download

Not a lot of options are out there for coloring pages. So I made one and am sharing it with my newsletter subscribers

I also have a MommyMaestra's 1-page reading passage and coloring page for young readers. You can download this printable page for free here (English-only version). The reading passage is for 4th - 8th grades.

OR you can purchase the full reading passage with English and Spanish versions plus a digital version here in my TpT shop

Videos about Tito Puente

For Younger Children:

• Check out this introductory video to the book Tito Puente:

• You can also find Tito Puente on Sesame Street! And again here

For Older Students

• And for older students, here's Tito's official Oye Como Va video.

• This is a great interview with Tito

Tito has also been featured in a Google Doodle! Shown below. If you want to share the 
(excellent!) story behind it  with your children/students, check out the video, Behind the Doodle: Celebrating Tito Puente.


Definitely one of my favorite children's books on the market...

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Dual-Language Board Books

Quite a few remarkable new titles have been released just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month. And I'll be sharing a lot of them here over the next few weeks.

The first set is a pair of bilingual board books by my favorite U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. He served as the 21st United States Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017. I think he was the first Hispanic to do so.

Herrera is a prolific author whose work includes quite a few children's books. But I believe these are his first board books for little ones.

It's easy to figure out what they are about. Cerca, Close and Lejos, Far (aff links) are short, sweet stories that help young readers understand the concepts described in the titles. A single illustration takes up two pages and each one has one sentence. Take a look:

I love that the books contain full text in both English and Spanish. And I find the illustrations to be lovely in their simplicity with a strong focus on shapes.

These are a great addition to any home or school library, especially because the concepts of near/close and far are not easily found in books but are both important concepts for toddlers and preschoolers to master.

You can find them on Amazon:

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Heritage Journals

Do you know what is a great way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? By having your kids fill out their own heritage journal!

My Heritage Journal Series includes five different Hispanic cultures:

  1. Mexican
  2. Puerto Rican
  3. Spanish
  4. Cuban
  5. Guatemalan
And because we are so often a mix of cultures, My Multicultural Heritage Journal is always a winner. 

Each book contains a page at the front where your kids can record their name and write down the year in which they start the journal.

image from the My Mexican Heritage Journal

The next two pages include a map of the country so that your child can color in where in that country their family has lived, as well as space for writing down any explanations or explaining in greater detail the who, where, when, why, or even how their family lived in that country. NOTE: The Multicultural Heritage Journal has a world map so that kids can color in the countries in which their family/ancestors have lived.

The next page contains writing prompts where your child can record his or her own story and history. And there is space for drawing your family's crest coat of arms, if you know what it is. FYI, there are lots of online sites that can show your family's coat of arms. Just make sure that you monitor your child's time online and don't let them use a site that asks for all sorts of personal information. They only have to enter their last name. Or you can Google your last name and add "Coat of Arms" at the end.

Or, if you prefer, you can have your child design and draw your family's coat of arms! (Fun, no?) This might be preferable for families with mixed ancestry. Kids can look up different coats of arms from their family heritage and then choose elements to create their own.

And of course, no heritage journal is complete without a place to draw your family tree! Right after you do so, you can even draw or post snapshots of the family members listed in the family tree with space for captions.

image from the My Puerto Rican Heritage Journal

image from My Cuban Heritage Journal

image from My Multicultural Heritage Journal

Then the main part of the journal is filled with journaling pages. Kids can write their family stories here. And because I wanted to be sure and emphasize the heritage aspect, there are 17 journaling pages with small cultural images and fun facts about the country scattered throughout the book. (The Multicultural Heritage Journal just has images of items and places found in countries across the world.)

image from the My Spanish Heritage Journal

There are even a few pages for recording family interviews. Sketch pages and more photo pages are also scattered throughout the journal. Don't be afraid to really think outside the box. Scrapbook these pages! Add text and dimension to your journal. :)

image from My Spanish Heritage Journal

And it all ends with a section in the very back for writing down favorite family recipes.

Don't these sound like the perfect way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?

You can find all of them available on Amazon!

Oh, and they are also available as downloads in my TpT shop. Just print the pages you want to use and go!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Teacher's Discovery Enhanced Reader Series

Teacher's Discovery Enhanced Reader Series

The following is a sponsored book post in collaboration with Teacher's Discovery. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

One of the most popular questions I get from readers is: Where can I find new readers for my kids or students?

Slowly I've started collecting quite a few series for those of you with young beginning readers in elementary grades. But I've been missing readers designed for older students. So when Teacher's Discovery reached out to me and asked if I would take a look and share their new Enhanced Reader Series, I agreed to take a look and see if they are a good fit.

They totally are. 

I received three of the books in their Level 1 series: ¡Sí, yo puedo!, El intercambio, and Los novios¡Sí, yo puedo! follows the story of Mario and his struggle to get good grades. The book introduces his friends - Carmen, Eric, and Cristina - a cast of characters that also appear in the other two books. Three of them have been friends since kindergarten.

Los novios is the story of Eric and Carmen's romance. I know it sounds a little sappy, but based on my own kids, I would bet that most teenagers will eat it up! And so the language learning is made a little easier. Ha!

And finally, El intercambio tells the story of Carmen's opportunity to travel in Mexico and learn about the history and culture of the area.

Teacher's Discovery Enhanced Reader Series

Aside from the subject matter, what makes these books best geared for older students is the approach, design, and use of technology (see more below). Also, at the end of each book, there is a comprehensive glossary with all the words used in the book. They've made it super easy for the reader to understand the material.

Teacher's Discovery Enhanced Reader Series

Story Vignettes

The chapters are perfect in length and content. I think the longest one I've seen is five pages. The pages are not text-heavy, either. Each chapter is a short story - a moment, really, in the lives of the characters and the scenes are focused on helping the reader build their vocabulary and reinforce concepts. There is just enough repetition of words to help the reader master their understanding. And at the end of each chapter, there are 10 questions for reading comprehension and critical thinking. Everything is in Spanish.

Teacher's Discovery Enhanced Reader Series

QR codes

This is probably the most amazing part of these books. Most of the chapters contain a QR code* (or several) that introduce characters and/or give you, the reader, a little more background information. Some are dialogue scenes straight from the chapter. For example, in the first chapter of ¡Sí, yo puedo!, there are QR codes that lead to videos about each character. I discovered that Mario enjoys painting, playing the piano and chess.

*You can use any (free) QR code reader app on your phone. You can also use Snapchat to scan it! What?!? I know.

Teacher's Discovery Enhanced Reader Series

Full-Chapter Audio

There is also a QR code at the end of each chapter that takes you to a complete audio recording of that chapter. This is great for learning proper pronunciation, as well as to practice listening to Spanish in real-time. I love that the publisher uses voice actors to read the story aloud, theater-style. 

Overall, I believe that these are just fantastic teaching tools for the Spanish classroom. They are fun, engaging, and really facilitate learning. They can be used as independent reading, homework assignments, lessons for substitute teachers, class read alouds, and so much more.

You can find them on the Teacher's Discovery website here.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Little Creatures: An Introduction to Classical Music

The Secret Mountain does it again! Another excellent book for children has been released this month and it's as classic and beautiful as its subject matter.

Little Creatures: An Introduction to Classical Music (aff link) is a remarkable musical picture book with an accompanying CD. It features the work of 17 composers covering five centuries of music history. From Josquin des Prez to Silvestre Revueltas, your children will discover composers who composed music during the last 600 years.

What is most unique about this book, I think, is the way in which children are introduced to these musicians and their work. Visually, the focus is on little creatures; insects, arachnids, small mammals, and amphibians fill the pages of this book in unusual ways. They may sport little boots on their feet. They may be playing the violin or cello. They may be pounding away at the piano or blowing on a clarinet. It really is the craziest thing you ever saw.

But I love that it is a little avant-garde because that's how you capture a child's attention and keep them engaged. (It certainly caught my attention.)

And each illustration comes with writing that shares the title, the composition, the composer, and a short story that talks about the animal and its influence on the composer. Each composition has a sound bite on the CD. So, for example, the 8th track on the CD has a sound clip to go with the 8th story in the book. The musical snippets are about 1 to 2 minutes in length.

One of the other things I love is that the author, Ana Gerhard, was born in Mexico. She studied as a concert pianist at the Mexican National Conservatory. Little Creatures is actually the fourth book in a series of Introduction to Classical Music. The others are:

In addition, the illustrator, Mauricio Gómez Morin, is also of Mexican heritage. His art is exquisite, as you can see from the images shown. It suits each piece perfectly and conveys what Gerhard is trying to present to her young readers.

Included in the back of the book are sections with:

  • a listening guide, 
  • short bios of the 17 composers, 
  • a timeline of composers and periods, 
  • a glossary of musical terms, 
  • and the accompanying CD.

Truly, this book can be used with children of all ages thanks to the information found within. Younger children will enjoy the illustrations in the front of the book and the music. And older kids can go more in-depth by studying the composer bios in the back of the book and reading the listening guide before (or while) they listen to the CD.

This is such a gem of a book that both families and schools alike will love it.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Book for Latino Parents on Raising College-Bound Children

I have a college-bound 10th grader. We're obsessing over college. So guess how excited I am to have just found out about Flight of the Quetzal Mama: How to Raise Latino Superstars and Get Them Into the Best Colleges (aff). I have not read it, yet, but here is the book description:

Move over, Tiger Mom! Latinos now have Quetzal Mama.

A book for Latino parents of college-bound students

Author Roxanne Ocampo – aka “Quetzal Mama” –  is a proud Latina mom who has demystified the complex college admissions process for Latino students. After strategizing her own children’s pathway to Harvard and USC, Quetzal Mama shares her strategies. She created the term, “Quetzal Mama” to refer to any person (male or female) who takes a leadership role in nurturing future Latino Superstars. 

A 3-Prong Approach: 

She provides a 3-prong approach to raising Latino Superstars that ensures Latino parents are focused and informed to prepare their students for success in academia. 

First, she provides parental guiding principles to nurture future Latino scholars. She calls them the “10 Quetzal Mama Principles.” Her Principles are more than philosophical ideas. She provides tactical, hands-on activities that she employed as a parent with remarkable success. 

Second, she shows parents how to “Work the System,” the intricate, inside track of K-12 public school systems that elude most Latino parents. She provides a step-by-step guide covering K-5, middle school, and high school – all geared toward maximizing college success. 

Lastly, she explains the nitty-gritty of the “College Admissions Process,” including how to strategize extracurricular activities, manage timelines, write an effective personal statement, create a Cyber Profile, and focus on each component of the college application process. No Hype. She informs students and parents with what they need to do, when they need to do it, and how they can achieve it. 

College-bound Latino students

Her book provides resources, tips, strategies, and practical wisdom. Her book was written with the conviction that Latino parents are not looking to understand why their children should go to college but how to get them there. The content appeals to Latino students as each chapter includes culturally-authentic language and examples, recognizable colloquialisms, personal and relatable stories, and addresses our specific needs and challenges. Her writing comes from working directly with Latino students including traditional, non-traditional, first-generation, migrant, as well as undocumented students. 

This book will empower Latino parents so their children can achieve academic excellence, become the leaders they were intended to be, and make a valuable contribution to humanity. Become a Quetzal Mama!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

New Podcast from Read Conmigo & Giveaway!

Now there's another reason to love Read Conmigo! Did you know that they have launched a podcast to help parents raising bilingual, bicultural, and kind kids? They've already aired four episodes with some wonderful guests, including my friend, Maritere Rodriguez Bellas, who talks about how to raise bilingual and bicultural kids. It's a great interview!

The Read Conmigo Podcast needs to be on your list of things to check out.

They kindly asked me to go on the show and talk about homeschooling. So, I'm on there today! If you've been considering this as a schooling option for your family, I hope you'll listen. I share all sorts of advice and bilingual resources for you to reference.

The Giveaway

To celebrate their launch and my episode, I'm giving away 5 copies of my bilingual children's book, Linda and Reuben Learn at Home/Linda y Reuben aprenden en casa. Read Conmigo published this book two years ago to help share more information about homeschooling with families across the country. The two children in the storyline are fashioned after my two eldest, so this book is really special to me.

To enter, just use the Rafflecopter below.

Buena suerte... and go listen to all the episodes!

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Win a Little Free Library!

Here's an opportunity that I just learned about on Facebook and immediately signed up!

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is giving away one official Little Free Library structure for you to add to your home or neighborhood. As a bonus, your Library will be filled with books from HMH! You have until the end of this month to enter. Just fill out this short form.

This giveaway is their way of celebrating the new children's picture book, Little Libraries, Big Heroes (aff link) by Miranda Paul and illustrated by John Parra. It tells the story of Little Free Library's founder Todd Bol and how he started an international movement that now boasts more than 75,000 mini-libraries around the world.

I'm looking forward to reading this book with my little one!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Printable Lessons and Activities to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

It's hard to believe that Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off next Sunday! And let me tell you, I think we need it more than ever. To dispel myths. To dispel stereotypes. To highlight the significant contributions of Hispanics to U.S. history. To fight racism. I've seen a lot of activity going on with my Hispanic Heritage Month printable activities that focus on historical Latino figures, Spanish-speaking countries, and more. To find additional resources, check out my comprehensive list of Lesson Plans and Activities for Hispanic Heritage Month around the web.

To make things easier for you, I've compiled them all together below for easy reference. But if you visit my TpT store*, you'll probably find a lot more that would complement the upcoming month!

FIRST, if you aren't signed up for my newsletter, you might want to do so. I try to share free downloads with my subscribers. Sometimes they are new products, and sometimes they are free versions of my paid products which I offer to my subscribers for a limited time. :) Right now, I have some new themed writing pages for Hispanic Heritage Month. Easy to print and go! A few ways to use them?
  • Research and write up the history of the holiday.
  • Have students write what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them.
  • Research and write up the story behind a Hispanic historical figure.

And now, on to the rest of the printable materials...

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Reading Passage

This is a one-page history on Hispanic Heritage Month. Students will learn about how it started, why it is important to celebrate it, and who are some important figures in U.S. history. This informational text is written for students in 6th - 10th grade. Includes an 8-question comprehension quiz plus answer key.

Digital versions have been added to Easel. Thus, this product includes four activities (reading passages and comprehension questions - each in English or Spanish), as well as two assessments. Educators can choose to assign the reading comprehension questions as a self-checking activity, or as an assessment.

Includes full text in English and Spanish.

Hispanic Heritage Month Trivia Challenge

This Hispanic Heritage Month Trivia Challenge is a digital Google Sheets™ file designed as a supplemental assessment game to my Hispanics in History Fandex. It may also be used as a quick introduction to the national observance, or as an assessment for my Hispanic Heritage Reading Passage (shown above).

Students will test their knowledge of Hispanic Heritage Month by answering up to 12 self-checking trivia questions. They are required to choose 8 questions to answer, but may gain bonus points by answering more.

Hispanic Heritage Month Escape Room

This Hispanic Heritage Month Escape Room comes with two Google Sheets digital files - one in English, the other in Spanish. Students answer 12 (self-checking) questions about Hispanic Heritage Month to unlock the final word puzzle, then unscramble the letters to escape! Printable task cards are also included if you don't want to do the digital activity.

This activity works best when paired with my Hispanic Heritage Month Reading Passage.

Country Studies

Explore the Spanish-speaking countries of Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain with this Country Coloring Activity BUNDLE!

Available in English or Spanish, it's simple and fun. Just have your kids read about a person, place, or thing related to the country, then have them find it on the map and color it in. You save when you buy the bundle, but you can also purchase the individual country files.

Latinos in American & World History

100 Hispanics in World History Research Packet

This 79-page unit allows students to choose from a list of 100 Hispanics in world history to research and share. The list is available in two formats:

The historical figures are arranged by century starting with the 1400s to the present
The historical figures are arranged by field of influence, including musicians, artists, activists, scientists, athletes, writers, journalists, actors, leaders & politicians, and other notable figures.
Pages for note-taking, research, and one-page presentations are included, as are additional pages for comparing/contrasting historical figures, word association, and listing new vocabulary.

In addition, date cards and information labels are included for creating a timeline display on a wall.

Instructions included.

Teach your kids about Hispanic Heritage Month with this set of three minibooks that are perfect for lapbooks, interactive notebooks, or literacy centers.

This file contains three books:
  1. A top flip book featuring Hispanic musicians
  2. An accordion-folded book featuring Hispanic writers
  3. And a side flip book featuring Hispanic artists

My most popular download during this time of year, this reading comprehension packet comes with one-page reading passages about the following 10 famous Latinas:

  1. Ellen Ochoa
  2. Isabel Allende
  3. Dara Torres
  4. Frida Kahlo
  5. Linda Ronstadt
  6. Dolores Huerta
  7. Sonia Sotomayor
  8. Carolina Herrera
  9. Rita Moreno
  10. Sor Juana de la Cruz

I've also included reading comprehension worksheets that focus on facts and vocabulary from the passages, a matching activity, dictionary reference, and complete the sentence. Answer key included.

This reading comprehension packet comes with one-page reading passages about the following famous Afro-Latinos:
  1. Celia Cruz
  2. Sammy Davis, Jr.
  3. Soledad O'Brien
  4. Roberto Clemente
  5. Martina Arroyo
  6. Pelé
  7. Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez

I've also included reading comprehension worksheets that focus on facts and vocabulary from the passages, a matching activity, dictionary reference, and complete the sentence. Answer key included.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by playing "Who Am I?" with this set of character crowns featuring 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. 

These fact files may be used as individual bookmarks or a fandex. It features 36 historical figures. Directions for fandex assembly and use, as well as individual worksheets, cut-outs and answer key included. 

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.

Worksheets are included that require students to study the words and then write in the definitions. Answer key included.

Hispanic Holidays

This is a collection of my four one-page reading passages on Hispanic holidays. It includes:

• Day of the Dead Reading Passage
• Las Posadas One-Page Reading Passage
• Día de los Reyes Magos Reading Passage
• The REAL History of Cinco de Mayo Reading Passage

Each one comes with a 1-page reading passage and a quiz.

Family Heritage Research

Encourage your children/students to explore their family's heritage with these sets of themed journaling pages. Each collection contains 42 different pages to record a child's family heritage and includes pages for sketching, photographs, recording family recipes and interviews, journaling and more. Just print what you need and go. 

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