Hispanic Heritage Month: Modern day Mexico

We started this lesson talking about the word “Hispanic”, and that in the eyes of the United States government, this term applies to anyone who has roots in any Spanish/Portuguese speaking country. I wanted to make sure that even though we live in Texas, that the kids know that there are numerous other countries speak Spanish. We also spoke about that the reason we have Hispanic Heritage Month is to recognize those that came from these places and acknowledge their culture and the contributions they have made!

The Kindies (my new name for the Kindergarteners), 1st, 4th, and 5th graders are all focusing on the country of Mexico but different aspects for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Kindies first learned to sponge paint and they “tap, tap, tapped” their sponges all over a piece of paper.

Kinder Sponge paint

 

The next time they returned, they traced around a flower pot template, cut it out, then glued it to a piece of paper.

 

Then they painted green stems and added muffin cups as the flowers to make marigolds. Marigolds are the traditional flower used during El Dia De Los Muertos!

Kindergarten Marigold Kindergarten Marigold Kindergarten Marigold

1st also sponge painted but first they learned about warm and cool colors. I asked them about different colors and when I asked them they were only allowed to answer me with “sun” or “water”. Yellow? Sun! Green? Uh……. Water? Lol!
They got it eventually! Remember art makes you think about things in a new way!

So they painted!

Then they traced around a guitar template, cut it out, then exchanged paper scraps.

1st Guitarras

If they had a warm color they exchanged with a cool color and vice versa. Then they traced around a coffee can and then cut it out. Finally placed ribbon as the strings of their guitarras. (They even learned the word in Spanish!)

1st Guitarras

 

 

1st Guitarras

4th grade learned new words like radial symmetry and emboss. and we reinforced words like pattern while they worked on their Mexican Mirrors.

First they traced around paper plates, then a coffee container, then an oatmeal container. The students were encouraged to be creative as long as they used a pattern, and because the pattern would be used around the circles it would become radial symmetry!

4th grade Mirrors 4th grade Mirrors 4th grade Mirrors

 

They used construction paper crayons (which are awesome by the way), added color to their patterns. Finally they traced around a tin can on foil, cut it out, and used the back of a paint brush to draw onto the foil. The impressions left by the paintbrush embossed the foil! Then they glued down the piece to the center of their mirrors!

4th Mexican Mirrors

4th Grade Mexican Mirrors

4th Grade Mexican Mirrors

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About Ms. Luna

Here we go! Year number four! Teaching artist at Mark Twain Elementary! I started my career in 2002, in the New York City Schools as a Special Education Middle School teacher. Moving back to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, I continued teaching Special Education and also began teaching after school and summer art programs. Moving again to Houston, Texas. I have taught all levels and abilities from kindergarten to college and am very excited to be teaching here at Mark Twain! I am also a professional artist and designer that shows work worldwide. I have been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Austin Fashion Week, Houston Press, and at the Grassi Museum of the Applied Arts in Germany. I hold a Masters of Science in Special Education from Manhattan College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. I currently am teaching grades kindergarten through fifth and am an adjuct art professor at Alvin Community College.

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