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Latinos in the United States of America

In this activity you will be visiting a web site about Latinos in the U.S. and then to two other web sites to collect additional information and complete some activities. Have fun!
Setting the Stage
Pictures of some famous Latinos living in the U.S. who have made a difference in the areas of science, arts and sports.
1.     What do you think is the number of Latinos in the U.S. at the last
     Census report?
2.    How do you think the number will change in the next four years?
3.    Which Spanish speaking country do you think has the biggest 
     representation in the U.S.?
4.    Below check the other information you might find on this site.
  ____ reasons why they come here        ______  # of Latinos by state
     _____# of Latinos at a national level   ______  prediction about future changes
   Go to the following web site:
2.    Check the following that you find in this page:

____The states with the biggest number of Latino population (mapa interactivo)
____Totals of Latino population at a national level (mapa interactivo)
____Totals of Latino population in border states (click on highlighted states)
____Distribution of nationalities in the Latino population (click on highlighted states)
____Predictions for the next four years. (mapa  interactivo)

3.    List here words that are similar to words in English.
4.    List words that are not like English but that you understand by
5.    List words you dont know
Careful reading
1.     Complete the chart based on the information available at Mapa Interactivo in the web site you are visiting:


The total population of the U.S. is __________________ .
The Latino population in the U.S. is __________________ .
The figures in this document were recorded on __________________ .
The percentage of Latinos in the U.S is __________________ .
The estimated Latino population for the year 2050 is __________________ .

2.    Select one of the highlighted states, click on it, and find out the following:

a.     Total population                                                          _______________
b.     Hispanic population                                                      _______________
c.     The name of the nationality of the biggest minority          _______________
d.     The name of the nationality of the smallest minority        _______________
e.     The name of the two biggest cities.    _____________  _______________

3.    Click on the different color states. Then mark these statements with True (T) or False (F)

a. _____         The site shows a map of the U.S.A.
b. _____         There are ten (10)-highlighted states.
c. _____         The highlighted state with the smallest number of Latinos is Illinois.
d. _____         The highlighted state with the majority of Dominican Republicans is New York.
e. _____         California is the state with the biggest Latino population.

4.    Read the light blue part at the bottom of the state pages and select a statement that you find interesting.   Share it with your group, and explain why you find it interesting.
5.    Did you find all the information you expected in #1? Go back and put a check mark beside each item that you found and an X in front of each item you did not find.
Post Reading
1.     You will receive a blank map of the U.S.  For each of the color states on the web site, place a flag of the country, which has the biggest representation in that state. You can find flags of the countries and flags to color in the following site:

2.    Using the web site: look for the name of the currency used in Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Find the equivalency to a dollar and complete the chart below.
 Country  Currency  1 $U.S.  =
 Dominican Republic    
 Puerto Rico    

3.    Your class started a pen pal program with a school in Texas.  Your penpal María just moved to the U.S. from Michoacan, Mexico. Write a letter to her including three questions about her feelings, fears or difficulties. Consider adding a practical tip that you think might help her in her transition.
4.    Your family just told you that you are moving to a Spanish speaking country for an unknown period of time. Place yourself in that position and fill in the chart.

   Three things I need to take with me  Three things I'll miss Three things about the move that scare me


1.      With your seatmate create a puppet show in Spanish to represent a dialog between a U.S. student and one who arrived a month ago from one of the countries found in the web map.
2.     In your group prepare a news broadcast in Spanish for the class to report the information obtained in the web site about Latinos you accessed today.
3.     Write three things in Spanish you think young Latinos will start doing when they come to the U.S.
4.     With your seatmate create an ad in Spanish for a manufacturer to sell their product to this new Latino market.
5.     Find a student who has recently come to this country and have a conversation with him or her to learn about his/her experiences. Write a brief report about what you learned.
6.      In your group estimate how much it will cost a family of two grown-ups and two children to settle in their new environment and start a new life. Consider food, housing and utilities, clothing, health, education, recreation and any other that you consider important.
7.     In your group and using narration, music, percussion and/or mimicry create a presentation to share with the class what you have learned about this topic.
8.     You will play a game by teams. Listen to the instructions from the teacher. You must speak only Spanish and not break the rules of the game in order for your team to win.

Latinos in the United States of America.
Teacher Lesson Plan
Gabriela Garger
Language: Spanish
Level I
Grade Level: 7-8
Learn about how the Latino population is growing in the U.S.
·       Learn about where Hispanics live in the U.S.
·       Learn about where Spanish is spoken in the U.S.
1.     Computer with access to the World Wide Web
2.    Student worksheet
3.    Blank map of the United States
4.    Color markers
5.    Web page with Contemporary Latinos in the US.
1.     Display posters of contemporary famous Latinos in different fields in the U.S.
2.    Ask students different questions about their knowledge of the Latinos in the U.S.
3.    Ask students to list what information they expect to find in the site we. will visit.
4.    Have students to share their work with their group.
5.   Have students go to:
6.    Have students check on a chart information obtained or not obtained.
7.    To help students find expected information have them look for cognates.
8.    Have students look for meaning in context.
9.    Have student list words they dont know and they think they need to know. In the group students will look for meaning. Then share with class.
10.  Have students complete chart using the information on the web page.
11.   Have students select one highlighted state and find 5 pieces of information requested.
12.  Have students answer a true or false segment using the web page assigned.
13.  Ask students to select a quote that they like and explain why they chose it.
14.  Have students color the highlighted states and place the flag of the country, which has the biggest representation in that state.  (
15.  Have students look for the name of the currency the people of the countries
given used before coming to the U.S. and find the equivalency with the dollar.
Site to be used:
16.  Have a student write a brief letter to a pen pal. This is a student who came to the U.S. a month ago.
17.  Have students complete a list of things he/she thinks would  feel if their own family announced that they are moving to a Hispanic country.
Applications and Extensions
1. Create a puppet show to represent a dialog between a U.S. student and a Latino student who arrived to this country a month ago.
2. In your group organize a press conference, with the class as the reporters, to inform them of what has been learned about the Latinos.
3. Predict changes that young Latinos will go through after living in the U.S. for a while.
4. Create a brochure to send to different manufacturers to inform them about this new market to advertise their products.
5. Find a student who has come to this country recently and have a conversation to
learn about the experience with its difficulties and hopes.
6· Estimate how much will it cost a family of two grown-ups and two children to settle in their new environment and start a new life
7· Using music, percussion and/or mimicry create a presentation to share what you have learned about this topic.
8·  Mark the floor with two long pieces of masking tape. There should be enough space in between the lines for students to put their feet. Ask students to stand up in a random order in between the lines. Number the students from left to right or vice-versa. They can only speak Spanish, and they can not step outside  the lines. Then pass the students cards with names of countries with high numbers immigrating to the U.S.  Make sure they will have to move some spaces.  Then tell them to organize themselves in alphabetical order. You indicate which end is A and which is Z.  They will need to help each other in order to move to the correct alphabetical place. They can speak only Spanish or be silent and can not step outside the lines.

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