Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, commemorates the defeat of the French by the Mexican Army in 1862. It’s a holiday in some parts of Mexico, and is celebrated by Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans in the United States.
Finding high-interest materials for students to read, and activating prior knowledge, are both good instructional strategies, so in that spirit I offer another “The Best…” list.
You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About Mexico, Central & South America.
All of these sites are accessible to English Language Learners.
Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Teaching & Learning About Cinco de Mayo:
The Orange County Register has a good interactive graphic about the day.
EL Civics has a good Cinco de Mayo Lesson designed for English Language Learners..
The History Channel has a Cinco de Mayo feature.
Here’s a video presentation of a Cinco de Mayo Celebration by the San Jose Mercury News.
This is a simple historical explanation by Social Studies for Kids.
How Stuff Works has a presentation on How Cinco de Mayo Works.
Glencoe has an online slideshow on the day’s history.
For students who are not from Mexico (and for those who are) here are some accessible links for them to learn some basic information about the country:
Apples 4 The Teacher has a “talking book” about Mexico.
Here’s an interactive timeline of Mexico’s History. It’s from PBS.
Brainpop, Jr. has a movie about Mexico, though you need to have a paid subscription to view it.
MSNBC has a short article on President Obama’s celebration of the holiday.
A Brief History of Cinco de Mayo is a TIME Magazine slideshow.
Read Write Think has a number of good resources, including lesson plans, related to the holiday.
The Detroit News has a slideshow about a local Cinco de Mayo Parade.
Nation’s Capital Celebrates Cinco de Mayo is a video from ABC News.
ESL Holiday Lessons has a lesson for English Language Learners about the holiday.
The U.S. Census Bureau has a fact sheet on the day.
The Modesto Bee has a video of a local celebration.
Why Do We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo is a CNN video.
President Obama Celebrates Cinco de Mayo is a video of the celebration at the White House.
Cinco De Mayo History: 7 Must-Know Facts About The Annual Celebration is a slideshow from The Huffington Post.
Cinco de Mayo goes hip is a slideshow from The Orange County Register.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here’s a short excerpt from PBS’s profile of America’s first all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles:
Remember, Remember, The Fifth Of May is a very good NY Times article on Cinco de Mayo.
Rethinking Cinco de Mayo is from The Zinn Education Project.
CBS News has a slideshow on Cinco de Mayo.
What to Really Eat on Cinco de Mayo is from Smithsonian Magazine.
Gustavo Arellano, creator of the “Ask A Mexican” series, has a different perspective on Cinco de Mayo:
I’d certainly be interested in hearing other suggestions, so please feel free to leave them in the comments section.