Blending Halloween and Hispanic Heritage Month at PES
El gato negro. El esqueleto. La linterna de calabaza.
Primrose Elementary School second graders got a special treat in Library Media class that incorporated Hispanic Heritage Month and Halloween. Library Media teacher Nicole Secor recently highlighted “Los Gatos Black on Halloween,” a Halloween-themed story written by Marisa Montes that weaves Spanish words into the text along with ghostly illustrations by Yuyi Morales.
Secor used a video read-along of the story complete with spooky music to give students a special Halloween-y lesson. Students then did a word search to connect Spanish/English words from the story.
As the story came to life on the screen, students could hardly contain themselves as they watched and listened for the many Spanish words throughout. They waited for the special twist of the story to happen – in a surprise role reversal, the ghosts, goblins, and ghouls were actually afraid of the Trick or Treating human “ninos” who knocked on the door looking for treats.
Spanish language lessons are being incorporated often into lessons at Primrose. During Hispanic Heritage Month, students studied all about Morales, a Mexican American author and illustrator, a six-time recipient of the prestigious Pura Belpré award, and the first Latina to receive a Caldecott honor. Secor highlighted other books by Morales during the month including “Dreamers” and “Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book.”
The Halloween word search was a festive way for students to be enthusiastic about learning words in Spanish.
Jacob Tannenbaum said he was excited to learn the word “el disfraz” or costume. “I really like that word,” he said.
“My favorite word is the one for bat - el murciélago,” said Ally Sterling.