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Teaching Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month: 4 News-O-Matic Articles



Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15 and runs until October 15. This special time of year celebrates the culture, history, and contributions of Americans with ancestral roots in Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Our curated collection of News-O-Matic articles provides fun opportunities to integrate Hispanic Heritage Month into your curriculum--including through hands-on crafts, mini-biographies, and multimedia content such as videos and Spanish read-alouds.


1. Stars of Science and Math

From right here on Earth to far out in space, great minds have changed the world. This article highlights a few Hispanic Americans who have made their marks as inventors, astronauts, educators, and more.

Lexile Level: 400-600

Lexile Level: 600-750

Lexile Level: 750-1050

2. Craft for Hispanic Heritage

Looking for a hands-on way to celebrate Hispanic heritage? Make folk art with your students! Papel picado, or “perforated paper,” is a traditional flaglike decoration used for different holidays in Mexico, including Día de los Muertos. This article will teach students how to follow written instructions­ while making a fun cultural craft!

Lexile Level: 400-600

Lexile Level: 600-750

Lexile Level: 750-1050

3. Sports Heroes in Action

Star sports players know how to make a crowd go wild. And Hispanic athletes have been getting cheers at events ranging from the World Series to the Summer Olympics. This article introduces students to famous Hispanic athletes including Yankees pitcher “Lefty” Gomez, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony, and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez.

Lexile Level: 400-600

Lexile Level: 600-750

Lexile Level: 750-1050

4. Artists with a Voice

Hispanic artists have earned a standing ovation for their work on the stage, in the art gallery, and in the recording studio. Our “Artists with a Voice” article shares stories and videos from some of America’s famous Hispanic creators, including Selena Gomez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Selena Quintanilla.

Lexile Level: 400-600

Lexile Level: 600-750

Lexile Level: 750-1050

Explore Other News-O-Matic Articles in Spanish

Looking to incorporate Spanish language instruction into your Hispanic Heritage Month curriculum? You can translate any News-O-Matic article into Spanish by clicking the “language” button and selecting “Spanish.” All articles also have the option to be read aloud in Spanish by a native speaker.

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