With Hispanic Heritage Month beginning on September 15th, we decided to dive into the how-to process for creating a resource roundup. Depending on your grade level and subject area, your collection may look different from a colleagues, but you’ll probably share a lot of the basics. Applying the 3Rs of reliability, relevancy, and references will help make resource gathering a breeze!
With the brush of a few keystrokes, anyone can purchase a domain name and create a webpage. Back in the days of early Internet searches, there were many shocks at the sites and images that would pop when students were doing blind searches. Having some key sites for searching can put a halt to wasted time.
Sites from educational institutions will end in .edu while government sites end in .gov. These would be good first clicks in a google search feed. Reliable sites may also pop when you add teaching resources or educational resources to your search criteria (e.g., nea, ascd, edutopia). You can also find lots of teacher-tested resources on sites like Teachers Pay Teachers and Pinterest. Mindshift’s Guide to the Best Homeschooling and Unschooling Resources has some resource links that can also be quite useful for classroom teachers. From Only Passionate Curiosity to HippoCampus and iTunes U, some great possibilities are sure to be found!
Once you’ve determined you’re at a reliable site, it’s time to see if the information contained there is relevant to the age level and subject you’re teaching. Knowing how to narrow your search can be really helpful in producing relevant results. Practicing what we preach couldn’t be more relevant here, and this student search tip pdf from Free4Teachers is a perfect reference page for educators too. Some simple tips like the search within a search tip of using “Control f” to highlight terms in an online document can help you find just what you need. Using the advanced search menu, narrowing to certain domains, or searching particular file types are great ways to tap into the best resources to enhance your curriculum.
Sometimes the link within a link holds exactly what you need! If you’ve found a reliable site with some relevant information, but it’s not quite all there, check any additional links or references that may be provided. The additional resources found within a reliable search are a great way to dive a little deeper into your topic.
Hispanic Heritage Month Resource Roundup
We applied the 3Rs and have a created a roundup to bring Hispanic Heritage Month to life in your classroom.
- You can’t go wrong with a site dedicated to Hispanic Heritage Month. This site offers some background information on the origin and timing of the celebration while sharing numerous links for educators and general information seekers.
- This is a fantastic collection of video, art, pop culture, and so many other articles and photos found on Time for Kids. Definitely relevant and relatable in an easy read format for students.
- A great Hispanic Heritage K-5 roundup from NEA that offers many links and activities for higher grade levels too. The Read Write Think link on this page references some additional websites that are very student friendly.
- A true resource collection can save you a lot of work. Education World has compiled a list of activities including art, literature, music, and history connections.
- This huge collection from Scholastic lets you search by specific grade levels and subject areas to bring Hispanic culture to life in your classroom.
- Looking to add some educational videos to your repertoire? PBS has a wide collection celebrating Hispanic heritage.
As you can see, by using the lenses of reliability, relevancy, and references, a resource roundup can come to life with just a few key strokes. Turn blind searches and information sifting into time well spent gathering applicable activities and lesson components. When you start with the proper filters, you can quickly create a resource roundup that can be used for years to come!
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