Hispanic Heritage Fun! (And a Freebie!)

Today was a fun but exhausting day in our kindergarten classroom! We spent the entire day celebrating Hispanic traditions and culture. Hispanic Heritage month is September 15th-October 15th, so we devoted the day to a full celebration! Our school has held school-wide events for the past two Fridays after school including a movie night with traditional Latin food and a grade-level soccer tournament. We have really enjoyed the fun activities and all of the learning we've done!

I love any opportunity to cook with my students, and today we made corn tortillas from scratch! We used a VERY basic recipe to feed 25 students, 3 teachers, and 3 office managers/principals. We even had a bit of dough leftover! Here is how we did it:

I will warn you, it took us about 30 solid minutes of mixing, rolling, and cooking to have all 25+ tortillas ready to enjoy. But the students were SO ENGAGED. Each student came up to the bowl. got a big pinch of dough, and rolled out their tortilla. I helped them smash it between the wax paper and roll it, then I cooked it while they watched on the document camera. The anticipation was palpable!

And although I prefer my local Cafe Rio's tortillas over these, my students thought these were the BEST EVER. They even said, "You should have a cooking show, Ms. Hodges!" So watch out for me on Food Network, guys. :)

To wrap up our time with our tortillas before moving on to making our own maracas out of paper plates and flowers out of tissue paper, we listened to a great story called Round is a Tortilla by Roseanne Greenfield Thong. It is a great shape review and ties into lots of things we've been studying during Hispanic Heritage month. You can enjoy a read aloud of the book below:

And to go with our activity, a freebie! I hope your students enjoy learning about and making tortillas in your classroom, we sure did! (Click HERE or on the image below to download)

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