I love holidays and celebrations! Researching holidays in Spanish speaking countries is a great way for students to be exposed to Spanish culture. I’ve used this project as an individual assignment, but you could easily alter it to become a group project.
A list of holidays (page 3). I’ve included which country the student should focus on, in order to narrow down their research. If you have a large class, an easy way to add more holidays is to add a different country that the student should highlight. Some holidays are specific to a particular country (e.g. Baron Bliss Day in Belize), but many holidays (like Independence Day) are celebrated in unique ways in many different countries.
A graphic organizer to help students plan and organize their work (page 4). I tell students that they may not find information for each of the categories, but they should look on multiple websites. When grading their slideshow, I browse a few websites looking for information on each of the categories. If I can’t find info on that particular category either, I mark it “N/A” (e.g. not every holiday includes “music and dance”).
A rubric (page 5).
Slideshow guidelines (page 6).
A sample slideshow (pages 7-12).