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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th)

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15-October 15th. It was originally established, in 1969, as Hispanic Heritage Week, by President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, it became a month long celebration. Some people say we don't really need an Hispanic Heritage Month, A Black History Month, A Women’s History Month, A Native American Heritage Month and other such months to recognize the achievements of groups which have helped to make this nation great. What do YOU think about highlighting different groups who have contributed to our country? Here are some interesting facts to share with your students during National Hispanic Heritage Month. Can you think of any Hispanic Americans that have made contributions to our lives?
Did You Know?
• Before colonists settled Plymouth Colony, there were people living in St. Augustine, Florida, and Sante Fe, New Mexico.

• Chinese(Mandarin) is spoken by the most people in the world. The second most spoken language is Spanish. A close third is... English.

• The majority of Hispanic people in the United States came from the country of Mexico.

• Pedro Flores was the first to mass-produce the yo yo in the United States.

• In 1989, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen became the first Cuban American to become a member of Congress.

• Cinco de Mayo(May 5th) is a festive holiday. It celebrates the victory over the French in the Battle of Pueblo(1862). The Mexicans were outnumbered 3-1, yet they won the battle. 

• Have you ever played with a pinata at a birthday party? This is another activity that has its origins in Mexico.  
• Learn some Spanish: gracias(Thank you), por favor) (Please)and adios(goodbye).

Check out my webquest, Histanic Heritage Month.