Cinco de Mayo for Spanish classes! Students learn the real history behind the celebration with this FREE Jigsaw Puzzle!

Cinco de Mayo Jigsaw Puzzle

The countdown has begun…five days until Cinco de Mayo! I love holidays because they provide us with such a great opportunity to spur our students on toward greater fluency while they sit back and think that they’re having fun!! Bwah ha ha! And to think that I once looked forward to them as “free days” for me–a day to give the kids crossword puzzles and lame-o readings in English and eat tortilla chips. Not no more–ain’t nobody got time for that!

It is very possible to teach culture in the target language even at the Novice level. It takes some thought and planning, but you can do it! By teaching high frequency structures throughout the year (even if your curriculum is not structured around it), your students will be prepared to learn about ANYTHING. You can use every day in class–not just holidays–to talk about real things with your students (things that they actually care about). Your students will learn the language through content! It’s the bomb diggity!

If you are ready to go all in and explore Cinco de Mayo from many angles–all in the target language, my holiday plans will help you to feel confident doing it in the target language!

Teach your Spanish students about Cinco de Mayo -- the real history behind the holiday and how and where it is most celebrated. Feel confident teaching the history of this celebration all in Spanish!

If you are looking for something less in-depth–either due to time or linguistic constraints (exploratory Spanish, holla!), this simple text in Spanish and accompanying glyph is just what you need:

Answer the question, What is Cinco de Mayo, really, with students in your Spanish classes

Once you’ve learned about Cinco de Mayo (you don’t have to use my plans; you can use any plans, of course!), give this FREE Cinco de Mayo jigsaw puzzle to your students (the JPEG below is just the scrambled version; the link contains the solution, two scrambled versions to photocopy and distribute, and instructions–it’s all free). Jigsaw puzzles are a great literacy activity because students feel like they are playing a game, and they are reading the structures contained within the puzzle over and over and over. Zillions of repetitions! This one would be very difficult if students do not have any prior knowledge about Cinco de Mayo, although really clever students might be able to piece together the sentences by finding sentence fragments that fit together logically.

Cinco de Mayo for Spanish classes! Students learn the real history behind the celebration with this FREE Jigsaw Puzzle!

 

Want more Jigsaw Puzzles? Want to create your own? Download an eight-pack here that comes with editable versions.

And if you are looking for more Cinco de Mayo, follow my Cinco de Mayo Pinterest board!

3 thoughts on “Cinco de Mayo Jigsaw Puzzle

  1. rdixon1076 says:

    My students did the easy version of the puzzle today. I already had a PowerPoint I had made about la Batalla, so I just tweaked it a little to include the same language that is in the puzzle. Cinco de mayo became a language lesson! One interesting thing I noted was that some of my “lower” students figured out the puzzle quickly, while some of my top students were stumped for a while. I take that as a good sign. Thanks for this resource.

    • Martina Bex says:

      You’re welcome! That’s very interesting–it makes me wonder if lower students focused on finding edge pieces first (since they are blank in the easy version), while top students were so focused on the language that they didn’t think about the puzzle strategy? Who knows!

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