What is Cinco De Mayo? The word Cinco de Mayo is Latin for the Fifth of May. It marks the victory of the Mexican Army from the French Empire during the Franco-Mexican War that was held in 1862. The battle was known as the Battle of Puebla. Under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza, the 5th of May marks the victory of the Mexicans. Annually, Cinco de Mayo is a popular holiday throughout Mexico. Even though the holiday took origins in Mexico, the celebrations have gone far beyond and are more popular in the USA, especially in the parts with a large Mexican-American population. The festival gained popularity in the USA through California, where festivities began in the year 1863. In Pueblo City, the event is welcomed with an art festival, a local cuisine festival, and re-enactments of the battle. How exciting is that!
These worksheets contain a number of different activities using a dedicated set of vocabulary words related to the Cinco de Mayo celebration, including word search, fill in the blanks, scrambled words, word wall flash cards, acrostic poems, crossword puzzles, and more. The collection also includes six different packs of Bingo cards, which can be used during discussions of the topics. Last but not least, a KWHL (know, what, how, learn) diagram is included to help students pick a topic to explore in more depth. In addition to the language arts and math activity sheets, this collection includes writing paper decorated with a Cinco de Mayo theme.