I know many of us plan units around a topic, theme, or studying a particular country so today I wanted to share with you a few resources to teach about Puerto Rico in your classroom! Just a quick note, there are so many amazing options out there, I tried to gather as many as I could, but if there’s something I’m missing, please feel free to drop a comment to help other teachers as they are planning!
Teachers from Puerto Rico
Make sure you check out these amazing authors and creators to see what they have shared!
- @hablemoselmismoidioma – Check out her interactive foldable resource on culture here!
- @frommartztoclass – Check out her resource for San Juan in kindergarten here!
- @magia_educativazbr – Check out her resource for geography in Puerto Rico here!
Readers Based in Puerto Rico
Just a head’s up – I haven’t read all of these, but I have read books by these authors that have been amazing!! The ones I have not read myself I found recommended in a Spanish teachers’ group online, from others who have used them. It’s always a good idea to preview a book before adding it to your library with your specific classroom and learners in mind!
- María María: un cuento de un huracán by Jennifer Degenhardt
- Cuentos de mi tierra: Puerto Rico by Enid López Reed
- Cuando Era Puertorriqueña by Esmeralda Santiago
- Un coquí de Boriquén con los Reyes a Belén by Lara M. Mercado Maldonado and Armando A. Valdés (and check out this resource to go with it from Made for Teaching 1st!)
- Vejigante Masquerader by Lulu Delacre
Another reading resource I wanted to mention is this one from La Misi de Español! It would be a great addition to exploring la cultura y la comida in Puerto Rico in your food unit. Keira (La Misi de Español) is a friend of mine who teaches in Puerto Rico, so I wanted to be sure to clarify that this set of readings is for Spanish speakers and isn’t in a “comprehensified” style like we might use with novices! She says it would likely be best for upper level students, AP Spanish, and heritage classes.
It’s always great to have students dig further into the countries that you are teaching. You could have them do a research poster project to focus on one person from Puerto Rico, then share about what they learned in small groups, as a gallery walk, or just hang their finished projects on a bulletin board in your classroom or out in the hall for the school to see!
Channels, Shorts, Movies, and Documentaries
As always, I’d recommend watching these before showing them to your students. Just because it’s a good fit for one classroom doesn’t mean it’s a perfect fit everywhere! I’ve also tried to list where they can be found now, but we know the internet is always changing on us, so hopefully if they’re not on that host any longer it might be found through a quick Google!
- Calle 13 – La Perla (Short Version) ft. Rubén Blades, La Chilinga
- Puerto Rican Masks – YouTube (this might be handy if you’re teaching about Carnaval!)
- Lin-Manuel Miranda – Almost Like Praying (feat. Artists for Puerto Rico)
- El Coquí Lesson Plan (links to audio on the side of the page)
- Children’s Songs
- Había un Sapo (YouTube)
- Afro-Latinx Revolution: Puerto Rico (YouTube)
- Explore Puerto Rico with Lin-Manuel Miranda (series)
- Puerto Rico | Discover Humanity [Episode 5] (YouTube)
- Puerto Rico’s Bomba, A Dance of The African Diaspora | If Cities Could Dance
- Bomba Beach: A Puerto Rico Dance Trip
- Himno Virgen de la Divina Providencia – (Patrona de Puerto Rico)
Here’s a few more resources you could use in your unit on Puerto Rico!
- Virtual Field Trip (Spanish only // English only // Spanish and English)
- Country Report Project (Printable | Digital)
- Gallery Walk Readings & Classroom Display in Spanish & English
- Cultural Reading Activity El Yunque
- Download the bundle of resources to explore Puerto Rico!
Resources to Teach about Puerto Rico
I hope these are helpful for you as you plan your unit on Puerto Rico! Like I mentioned in the beginning, I know there is so much to cover, so if you have a video, book, or another resource you love including, please feel free to share in a comment below so I can add it for others to see!