Inside: Hispanic Heritage Month Music Madness. A music bracket for Spanish class to mix up the fall and celebrate the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world.
Six years ago I realized as a Spanish teacher, I need to do a better job using Hispanic Heritage month. It is a great time to celebrate the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. I did a post with a lot of ideas for HHM here Lista lunes: Hispanic Heritage Month, but was on maternity leave the entirety of September 15-October 15 when I posted it.
I also created a popular resource, 1 Song from each Spanish-speaking country. It has 22 songs, one for each of the school days from September 15-October 15. By request, I created another version with 22 MORE songs in 2017, 1 from each country, version #3 for 2018, 2019 version #4 & the 2020 version #5 & & the NEWEST HHM6 version for 2021!
You can now also get all 6 sets for a deal. How do you pick which version to use? Well all of them have a mix of classic songs and current hits, but the newest HHM6 version for 2021 has the most up-to-date music. You do not need to do them in any kind of order. You can start this year for the first time with the newest HHM6 version for 2021 if you would like.
**Update – If you teach younger students or at a more conservative school, check out YOUNG 1 song from each country instead!
Here are ideas of how you can use these songs this year, from the least time commitment to the most.
Song of the day Transition
Para Empezar Class Starter
Cantaninja Brain Break
Using Martina Bex’s Cantaninja procedure, you can have a student pick when during each class the song is played. They yell Cantaninja! and everyone stops what they are doing to watch the song of the day. (Usually, that person picks the song, but during this month you could just play the next song). If you would rather have more control of when your brain break is, just plan to play this song at a good breaking point. If using it as a brain break, I would let students walk around, dance and move, just as long as they are watching and listening.
Song of the day – dig deeper
Hispanic heritage month music bracket
How Hispanic Heritage Music Bracket started
To be efficient, instead of putting all of the song titles as I do during March madness, I just reused Spanish-speaking country signs that I already had in my filing cabinet (yeah hoarding!) that I am pretty sure came from this unit. I hope it will put more of an emphasis on the songs’ related country.
We watched 2 videos per day and had all classes votes combined to decide who moved on. We started September 15 and using just one slideshow, there are 20 match ups.
Hispanic Heritage Month music bracket – 2018 version
Here is my bracket for 2018 (& my version for 2019 & 2020 look basically the same!). I got new country posters for free from Miss Maestra Cassie here. I used one song from each country version #3. Each day we listened to one pair of songs and all classes voted together to see who moved on. Depending on the day we either started class or waited and used it as a brain break.
How to use it?
We typically just vote on the board, but I do have a free voting form if you want to collect votes as a quick exit ticket instead.
Hopefully, this will be a fun way to spice up the fall! What are your plans for Hispanic Heritage Month? If you use a bracket, please share pictures and tag me on social media!
**If you want the best deal possible on all of Mis Clases Locas music resources all together, check out the Mega Music Bundle.
As a recap, if this is your first year with the Hispanic Heritage Month music bracket, I would get the newest HHM6 version for 2021, posters for a bulletin board & this voting form if you want paper votes.
Want more details on how to use it as a bracket? Watch this video
This post was originally published on 9.6.17 by Allison Wienhold of Mis Clases Locas and was most recently updated 8.31.21.