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We are making salsa in class and then having a taste test - ours against store bought. They love it. We then dance the Mexican Hat dance and learn about what the 5th of May means to Mexico.

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edugator125 05-06-2008 02:57 AM

We made your salsa in class yesterday. It was a BIG hit!
Thanks for sharing.

CATeach 05-05-2008 06:04 AM

These came just in the nick of time for me! Thanks for sharing!

funky514 05-03-2008 09:24 AM

Thanks for the great ideas, especially the salsa!

nicbeauty 05-03-2008 08:59 AM

thansk for sharing!

teachjam 05-02-2008 08:00 PM

THANKS for sharing. These are great!

Sambina247 05-02-2008 12:02 PM

These are all great ideas. I can't wait to try one with my students. I particularly like the salsa one. I think the students will enjoy it.

txblonde 05-02-2008 07:21 AM

Cinco de Mayo thematic word wall words/pictures so your kids can write about it!

txblonde 05-02-2008 07:20 AM

finger Puppets for your kids to make and act out a story with... (or whatever else you choose!)

txblonde 05-02-2008 07:19 AM

On top of all the other great ideas: here are a couple of sheets I found that would be fun easy to do in the classroom!!

javateacher 05-01-2008 07:00 PM

5 large firm tomatoes
1 small to medium size sweet onion
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 TBSP lemon juice
1/4 - 1/2 cup (approx about 1/2 of a bunch) cilantro
Stick it in the food processor and pulse until chunky - delicious!

You could split it all up so that each group of 5 students are making small batches with a plastic knife. That is what we will do.

CindyLynn 05-01-2008 05:44 PM

We have just finished an "all-school" fiesta day in conjunction with San Antonio's annual Fiesta celebrations. Here are some of the activities we had:
Preschool/Kinder Parade--our littlest ones parade through the parking lot to the accompaniment of mariachis. "Princesses" ride in decorated wagons pulled by handsome princes. The "band" plays their favorite tunes on rhythm instruments, and the clowns carry balloons. The rest of the school lines the parade route and waves and cheers.
Pinatas--we fill these with trinkets and candy and enjoy this traditional activity. If candy isn't an option, try filling the pinata with math facts written on pieces of colorful tagboard.
Crafts--Ojo de Dios, yarn art, tissue paper flowers, cascarones, etc. Google can help you find lots of ideas.
Food--Raspas (snow cones), nachos, empanadas, tortillas (several of these foods would work well in "Kid's Kitchen".
We read stories...Too Many Tamales, Chato's Kitchen, Fiesta Fiasco, and F is for Fiesta, are some of my favorites).
Dancing--Mexican hat dance is a favorite.
Spanish--Learn to greet each other in Spanish, to count to 10, etc. Create a Spanish ABC book.
History--research Cinco de Mayo.
And yes, make salsa or pico de gallo!

kricket 05-01-2008 05:27 PM

Javateacher,

Do you have a recipe for the salsa? If you do, would you mind sharing? My class does a unit on Mexico at this time of year.
This would be a perfect actitivity for them.

Thanks.

steelcitymom 05-01-2008 05:12 PM

We are doing the cake walk.
Place numbered cards on the floor in a snake pattern, enough for everyone. Students parade around the room stepping on the cards while mexican music plays. Then we stop the music, they top on a card. WE pull a number out of a hat ( A big mexican hat!). If you are standing on that number, ou come and chose a cake off of the table. We play until everyone wins, then we eat our treats and watch a video about Cinco de Mayo.

lenarmc 05-01-2008 11:24 AM

In my class and in my personal life, we are doing nothing.
However, my school is having a Cinco de Mayo program. I have my two of my students doing the Tango. All of the other classes are having their whole class or a group of children doing something. I don't think that we should make a big deal out of Cinco de Mayo since we do nothing for American Heritage month.

javateacher 05-01-2008 10:49 AM

We are making salsa in class and then having a taste test - ours against store bought. They love it. We then dance the Mexican Hat dance and learn about what the 5th of May means to Mexico.

ComeInCorrect 05-01-2008 09:35 AM

de mayo.....hittin up Chilis of course with a Corona or two or three.....or do you mean in the classroom haha

TeacherGr2 05-01-2008 08:39 AM

Anyone doing anything fun or interesting for Cinco de Mayo?




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