Teach an aspect of Mexican Culture and U.S. History at the same time while never straying far from your Spanish content with this "Niños Héroes de Chapultepec" reading activity bundle.
Don't underestimate the value of the four pages in this bundle.
1. Page on provides your students with a page-length, Spanish-language reading selection on the brave "Niños Héroes de Chapultepec". The lines are spaced so that students can use their reading comprehension strategies to mark the text with cognates, known words, and their predictions of the main ideas.
I also use this selection for reading fluency practice. (A formative activity and assessment where students read for pronunciation and comprehensibility without having to understand the meaning of the text)
For younger classes, and anyone who still appreciates art as a brain break, I included a black and white image of the Niños Héroes that can be used as a warm-up, brain break, reward, or for differentiation for students who finish ahead of the group.
2. On page two I created a word search that contains the key words, place names, and main participants in the U.S. attack where the patriotic cadets lost their lives in defense of their nation.
Once students have read the summary, they can continue to work towards comprehension and site recognition by searching for words in the puzzle. Also, there is space at the bottom dedicated to student reflection. Students will be asked to use the names and key terms to summarize what they learned.
3. I have also compiled a list of websites that will save the teacher a lot of time looking for additional information about the historical battle and the holiday named after the young heroes of Guadalajara, Mexico.