Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

by Ted Levine

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with students is a wonderful opportunity to explore and appreciate the rich cultural tapestry of Hispanic and Latinx communities. It’s a time to delve into their history, traditions, and contributions to society. Kids Discover Online offers educational resources to help educators and students embark on this journey of discovery. From the vibrant cultures of Mexico and South America, these resources provide a window into the diverse and vibrant world of Hispanic heritage, fostering understanding and appreciation among young learners.

Mexico Unit

What do piñatas, chocolate, and cowboys have in common? They all come from Mexico. And where else can you find a great pyramid? That’s right: you’ll find it in Mexico. For kids interested in the history and culture of our southern neighbors, details on the remains of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, which lies beneath modern-day Mexico City, will leave them eager for more.

South America Unit

Here’s a chance to explore our neighbor continent to the south – from its terrestrial highs and lows to its past, its present, and even perhaps its future. The journey of discovery begins with a look at the “face” of South America, its stand-out geographical features, like the highest peak in the hemisphere, the longest river, the greatest rainforest. From there, the discovery takes a look into the past.

History and Culture of Mexico and Central America 

Long before the Spanish conquistadors, or conquerors, arrived, present-day Mexico and Central America were home to advanced civilizations. The Aztec, Maya, and Olmec left behind buildings, sculptures, and many relics. They also left many mysteries.

Today’s Nations

When someone says the word Caribbean, you might think of a tropical vacation paradise. The islands in the Caribbean Sea are a place to play for many, but they are also home to about 40 million people, many who also celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. 

A Cry for Freedom 

If you were a criollo, born in Mexico of Spanish parents, your rights were restricted. If you were a mestizo, with both European and California Indian parents, your rights were even more limited. California Indians had almost no rights at all. It’s easy to see why many residents of Mexico longed for freedom. 


Ted Levine