Latinx Heritage Month, Frida Kahlo, and more!

Saturday, October 8, 2022

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Latinx Heritage Month, also known as Hispanic Heritage month starts on September 15th and continues until October 15th. What a PERFECT opportunity to spotlight different inspirational hispanic people in our classroom. I wanted the students to learn about all of the AMAZING hispanic people that have made an impact on the world. We started reading all about Frida Kahlo. We listened to two different pieces of literature on EPIC books to learn all about her life. We listened to many books about different individuals who have made an impact. Click on the Latinx Heritage Library below to provide these links to your students through EPIC.
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Informational Maps
I love using read alouds from people like Reading with Mrs. Villareal to liven up a lesson! We listened to I am Frida Kahlo by Brad Meltzer as well as Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos by Monica Brown. Monica Brown, the author brilliantly tells Frida's life story through the animals that were so special to her. She does an exquisite job telling about her life through the symbolism of her different exotic pets. 

Teaching Point: 

Symbolism Between Frida and her Animals
The students loved identifying the connection between her animals and her similar character traits. According to the book, Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos by Monica Brown, Frida was spirited and entertaining like her animals. Frida liked to wear bold colors and was brave like her parrot, she had watchful beautiful eyes like her fawn, she was independent like a cat, she was mischievous like her monkeys, like her eagle her imagination could fly high, her turkeys were intelligent like herself, and like Frida her dogs were warm and loving. Also, according to the author, her father taught her to look through the world with curious eyes!

We also recorded things we learned about Frida from these two sources on the thinking map below.

Researching Influential People
Students used the digital library to browse through books that interested them. I love this group of books that I found on EPIC because they offer both non-fiction and fiction titles that students can gain factual information from! They used the research template below to organize their thoughts.
If you are in need of a research template so students can organize their information, click on the image seen below.

Directed Drawings
We completed this directed drawing 
by The Magic Paintbrush. The directed drawing 
explains step by step how to create Frida!

Culminating Project
For a culminating project, we published our learning with a 3D globe. These are put together so that they create a three dimensional globe that can be displayed around your classroom. I will update here when the entire project is put together and assembled! :)

Next Steps:

We will be continuing our learning, and next up is author Gary Soto. We will listen to various books that he has written, so stay tuned for for our author study!

We will also be starting our continent study of South America. 
I will keep you posted.

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