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Cinco de Mayo Lesson

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Cinco de Mayo means May 5th. It is a regional holiday in the city of Puebla, which is in southeastern Mexico. On May 5, 1862, General Ignacio Zaragoza’s army defeated French forces near Puebla. Although the Battle of Puebla did not prevent the French occupation of Mexico, it was a moral victory for the Mexican Army. Cinco de Mayo is also popular in the United States. American restaurants and bars serve Mexican food and drinks. People of all origins attend parties and listen to Mexican mariachi music. Students in K-12 and ESL classes learn about the history of Mexico and the Battle of Puebla. (3 pages)

Calendar Showing May 5th, Cinco de Mayo When is Cinco de Mayo?

    • It is on May 5th.
  • It is a holiday to celebrate the Mexican victory over the French troops at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Map of Puebla, Mexico Where is Puebla, Mexico?

    • Puebla is in the southeastern part of Mexico.
    • Mexico is in North America, south of the United States.
  • Over 113,000,000 people live in Mexico.
Ignacio Zaragoza, Mexican Hero Who led the Mexican forces to victory over the French during the Battle of Puebla?

    • General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín led the Mexican forces.
    • He had fewer soldiers, and they were not as well equipped as the French, but they beat back repeated French assaults.
  • Zaragoza died of typhoid fever a few months after the Battle of Puebla when he was just 33 years old.
Benito Juarez, President of Mexico Who was the President of Mexico at the time of the French invasion?

    • Benito Pablo Juárez García was president.
    • He is considered Mexico’s greatest leader.
  • He served five terms as the President of Mexico, from 1858-1872.
Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico Who is this man?

    • He is Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico.
    • Napoleon III of France proclaimed him Emperor of Mexico on April 10, 1864.
  • In 1867, he was executed by Republican forces led by Benito Juárez.


Napoleon the Third of France Who asked Maximilian to be Emperor of Mexico?

    • Napoleon III and a group of Mexican monarchists asked Maximilian to be Emperor of Mexico.
  • A monarchist is a person who believes in a system of government with a single person as the head of state.


Execution of Maximilian What happened to Maximilian?

  • He was executed at Queretaro, Mexico, on June 19, 1867, when the French were defeated and expelled from Mexico.


Flag of Mexico on Map Is Cinco de Mayo Mexican Independence Day?

    • No, but it is a day to celebrate Mexican pride and culture.
  • Mexican Independence Day is September 16.



15 Impossible-to-Kill Outdoor Plants

By Katie Holdefehr for realsimple.com

With expert advice and care tips from a couple of plant pros, we’ve ID’d 15 pretty plants that will thrive in even the least plant-friendly spaces


Pro Pick: Ajuga

Costa Farms

Best for: Shady Backyards

If your backyard doesn’t get much sun throughout the day, it can be tough to find attractive plants that will thrive in the shadows. To find the best shade-loving plants around, we asked Justin Hancock, a horticulturist at Costa Farms, for the company’s top picks. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, Costa Farms supplies houseplants and garden plants to retailers and garden centers across the country, so the team is well-versed in selecting plants that will survive in real backyards.

ajuga. “This weed-smothering groundcover is a great pick if you’re looking to add color and decrease maintenance in shaded areas of your backyard. It offers adorable spikes of blue-purple flowers in spring, then a mat of dense foliage the rest of the gardening season,” Hancock says. To up the visual interest, look for variegated selections, such as “Burgundy Glow,” which has shades of pink and silver in its leaves. Plus, ajuga comes back every year, so you can plant it once and enjoy it for years to come.

Pro Pick: Caladium

Costa Farms

Best for: Shady Backyards

“Bring a touch of the tropics to your shaded backyard with the big, beautiful leaves of caladium,” Hancock recommends. This plant’s arrowhead-shaped leaves are readily found in shades of red, pink, and white, so you can coordinate this pick with the other plants in your garden. Costa Farm’s favorite hue? “The white varieties are particularly fun in shade because they seem to glow, especially at dusk,” Hancock says. You can treat caladium as an annual and leave it in the ground throughout the year, or you can dig it up and store it in a cool place for the winter.

Pro Pick: Persian Shield

Persian Shield
Costa Farms

Best for: Shady Backyards

If you’re searching for a failproof plant that can thrive in the north or the south, in sun or in shade, in a garden bed or in a container garden, then the persian shield is for you. This colorful, leafy plant is more than just durable, it’s also a true standout in the garden. “We adore this tropical plant’s metallic-purple foliage—it definitely makes a statement on its own or paired with other plants,” Hancock says. Treat this tropical plant as an annual, or if you’re adventurous, Hancock recommends bringing it indoors in the winter and keeping it in a bright spot.

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