Hispanic Heritage Month Activity: Collaboration Poster
Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th to October 15th and it’s a time to recognize and honor people of Hispanic descent who are influential in our history, our present and our culture. My collaboration poster is the perfect Hispanic Heritage Month Activity for teachers and students grade preK-highschool. The National Hispanic Heritage website says:
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.”
I have many collaboration posters featuring important people from our history (and a long list of ones I’d love to make some day). I started making collaboration posters of individual people such as Martin Luther King, Jr. (which is still one of my favorites) and then I decided to start putting collections together in what I call a “Famous Faces” series. I have these “Famous Faces” posters for Black History Month, Women’s History, Growth Mindset and STEM/STEAM and now Hispanic Heritage.
If you have time, read this post and see the fun things I did with 4th grade students using my Hispanic Heritage collaboration poster. If you are low on time check out this quick video highlighting our process!
Hispanic Heritage Month Activity: Collaboration Poster
My Hispanic Heritage collaboration poster features Selena Quintanilla, César Chávez, Juan Herrera, Roberto Clemente, Sonia Sotomayor, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Ellen Ochoa. This mix showcases women and men who are social activists, artists, singers, astronauts, poets, judges and even a baseball player – kids can relate to these role models and connect their passions to those featured on this poster!
One of the reasons teachers like my collaboration posters so much is because they are easy to prepare for – I do everything I can possibly think of to make them easy for teachers – I know how busy you are! Kids love them, too. Students love when their academic learning and the arts meet together in their classroom!
Hispanic Heritage Month Activity: Collaboration Poster How-to!
The process is as easy as color, cut, and assemble. There are 36 pieces (each piece fitting on a regular 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper) and the final poster is approximately 21 inches by 84 inches. However, you can always reduce the size if that is too large. I explain how to do that in the resource – it’s really simple!
Students color in each section of the poster using a color key that is provided on each page. Students can color the poster with solid colors to yield a poster that looks something like this:
…or you can guide your students to color using patterns, shapes and designs to make something that looks like this:
The great thing about this patterned version is it looks complicated but really it’s very simple!
The other thing I love about doing my collaboration posters this way is that it creates a completely unique design – no two classes would have the same final poster. To do this you’ll want to gather crayons, colored pencils and markers in all different shades (the more the better). You’ll instruct students to use a variety of shades of one color in each section. For example if the section calls for blue then you’ll tell your student to color the area using all the blues (crayon, marker and colored pencil) that they have available to them. Tell your students to create patterns, designs and textures using those materials. You’ll see how easy and fun this is for kids – their creativity will amaze you!
Creating a monochromatic design is my favorite way to have students color my collaboration posters but there are so many ways you can create them. For example look how this teacher had her students use whatever colors they wanted on my Growth Mindset poster – the results are stunning!
I created a 200 piece collaboration poster for a keynote speech I gave at a conference in NY and I had everyone in attendance create a piece of the final poster. It was a monumental effort on my part to prepare for such a large event but it was absolutely worth every moment. If you’d like to see that project you can read about it HERE.
Once students have colored their pieces they will cut out the pieces and start building their poster. It’s fun if you assemble the poster on the floor and start building it as the pieces get finished. Students will start to see what they have created and their excitement will grow!
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Hispanic Heritage Month Activity: Collaboration Poster Options
My Hispanic heritage collaboration poster also comes with a lot of options to customize it to your needs. I provide you with the option to have your poster say “Latino Heritage” or “Hispanic Heritage.”
I also provide quotes for each of the people on the poster that you can cut out and put around each person. Those quotes are provided in English and Spanish.
No matter how you do it, the results will be stunning, not only to your students who worked together to create it, but to everyone who passes by! This poster can serve as a great focal point for any/all lessons you plan for Hispanic Heritage Month.
I love when teachers share the posters they have made with their students and tag me so I can see! Here is a collection of just a few that teachers have shared with me!
As always, thanks for reading – and thanks for making art with your students!