September 15th to October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month. This holiday began in 1968 under President Johnson as a week long celebration. In 1988, President Reagan expanded the holiday to a month. It begins on September 15th because it is the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates its independence day on September 16th and Chile on September 17th. Click on the picture below to see the countries that this holiday honors:
This month your students can study a famous person from one of the countries above. Here is a list of famous people plus a worksheet for investigation notes your students can use. Click HERE to download this List of Famous Hispanics.
Here are some books you can share with your class: