Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May, on Monday this year) is perhaps a bigger holiday in certain parts of the United States than it is in Mexico. This is despite it being a celebration of a victory by the Mexican Army over French troops in 1862 at Peubla, Mexico. The observance in the U.S. is a celebration of Mexican-American culture among the large community in the U.S. of people with a Mexican heritage.
In Mexico it is observed primarily in the state of Puebla and is known as the Day of the Battle of Peubla (in Spanish: El Día de la Batalla de Puebla).
Cinco de Mayo is not just about a national fiesta. It is an important springboard for learning about Mexican history and culture. We currently have a number of featured Social Science resources on Curriki for this year’s observance.
For Elementary School: Cinco De Mayo Vocabulary Worksheet
Contributed by: Curriki’s Thematic Collections – This worksheet includes vocabulary related to Cinco de Mayo.
For Middle School: Mexico Geo-Political Map
Contributed by: Marshall Cavendish
For High School: The African Influence in Mexico
Contributed by: Brenda Faye – This curriculum unit is based on experiences as a participant in a Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad. The unit explores the African presence in Mexico from a historical and cultural perspective.
You can also find additional Cinco de Mayo resources on Curriki here. We hope you find some of these resources useful in your classrooms.