Dia de los Muertos Activities Day of the Dead History of Halloween Close Reading

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Loved this resources for Halloween! Students were able to understand compare and contrast standard and learn more about this holiday!
These passages were really engaging and interesting. My students had great discussions about the two holidays and did excellent compare & contrast paragraphs. Loved this resource so much!
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Are you looking for engaging Day of the Dead and History of Halloween Halloween reading comprehension activities and art projects to teach your students about these different holidays?

These Day of the Dead reading and writing activities are age-appropriate with informational reading passages that will have your students comparing and contrasting this holiday with Halloween and critically thinking about their origins, similarities, and differences.

Nonfiction articles are perfect to help your students practice close reading strategies, too. Also included are writing prompts, shape poetry, and meaningful reader reflection activities. Shape poems and mini-posters make a great student-centered Day of the Dead bulletin board. (Please see the preview.)

Short on time to teach about Day of the Dead this year? Complete activities in group settings and encourage meaningful discourse in a short amount of time!

This set includes both print and digital versions.


Link for Google Slide use and digital directions

✓Teacher Suggestions and Book List

✓Holiday Question Organizer

✓Day of the Dead KWL Organizer

✓2 Nonfiction Articles and Close Reading Reflection Activities: Day of the Dead and Halloween
✓Holiday Celebration Venn Diagram

✓Picturing Yourself on the holiday

✓Optional Group Project

✓Holiday Problem Solving Activities (2 levels and answer keys)

✓Holiday Close Activity (With answer keys)

✓Acrostic Poem

✓Two Shape Poem Activities (a colorful art and writing activity)

✓Day of the Dead and Halloween Student Display Posters

✓Holiday 3*2*1

✓Writing Activities in Different Genres:
✓Prompt and Graphic Organizers for:

  • Opinion Writing
  • Expository Writing
  • Narrative Writing

✓Holiday Word Search and Answer Key

KINDLY NOTE: These resources are in English.

Please see the preview for a more detailed look at this product.

Recent feedback on this resource:

"I used this with my students during Halloween and Day of the Dead to compare and learn more about this celebration. My students enjoyed learning about it and doing extension activities!"

"This was awesome to help me keep engagement high during the last week, but also keep the rigor high! Thank you!"

"Very engaging and a great resource."

"We walked through this the week of Halloween and we absolutely loved the comparing between the holidays! There are so many options available in this purchase, it was a great addition to all of our festivities for the holiday that was aligned with some excellent learning!"

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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