This Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) unit includes everything you need in your Spanish language classroom
to help your students understand and enjoy this special holiday. Appropriate for both beginning and intermediate students.
1. Bilingual Reading on the celebration of the Day of the Dead. It includes a two page reading in both English and Spanish. This allows for differentiation in the classroom.
2. Día de Muertos Comprehension Questions: Students will form questions using the cues provided. Then, they will answer the questions using the information found in the reading.
3. Day of the Dead Cognates: The students will learn how important an awareness of cognates is when learning a foreign language. In this exercise students will match the Spanish words on the left with the English cognates on the right. All of the cognates in this exercise are from the reading.
4. Day of the Dead Vocabulary Matching: Three different worksheets.
-Match the Spanish Vocabulary Words with the pictures.
-Match Spanish Vocabulary Words with English words.
-Match Spanish Vocabulary Words with Spanish definitions.
This unit includes vocabulary words such as fallecer, vela, ofrenda, altar, panteón, calavera, difunto, pan de muerto, papel picado, esqueleto, cempazuchitl, un ser querido etc.
5. Celebramos el Día de Muertos: Students will put a check in each box next to the activities they would like to do this year to celebrate Day of the Dead. Then, they will write a sentence for each one using the grammatical structure “Me gustaría + Infinitive”.
6. Day of the Dead Spanish Idiom (Level 1 & 2)
Vocabulary Review with Spanish Idiom
In this worksheet students will discover the hidden Spanish idiom by identifying different general vocabulary words from different categories (i.e body parts, numbers, colors, animals, vegetables, job titles, family members, and months of the year.) After identifying the words according to their categories, the students will then follow the directions and color them accordingly. If students do not have crayons or colored pencils they can simply cross out the words instead. The blocks that remain will reveal the Spanish idiom, “Ser pan comido.” (i.e. to be a piece of cake, to be as easy as pie or to be very easy) Next, students will discuss with their teacher the meaning of this idiom.
Grammar Review with Spanish Idiom
In this worksheet students will discover the hidden idiom by identifying different parts of speech (i.e pronombres sustantivos, verbos regulares del pasado, verbos del future, adjetivos femeninos, los adverbios, los sustantivos plurales, los verbos irregulares del presente and los verbos irregulars del pasado.) After identifying the words according to their parts of speech, they will then follow the directions and color them accordingly. If students do not have crayons or colored pencils they can simply cross out the words instead. The blocks that remain will reveal the idiom “Ser pan comido.” (i.e. to be a piece of cake, to be as easy as pie or to be very easy) Next, students will discuss the meaning of the idiom with their teacher.
7. Day of the Dead Vocabulary Fill in the Blanks
8. Day of the Dead Word Search: Students will first translate the vocabulary words into Spanish and then find them in the puzzle.
9. Day of the Dead Grammar Review: Students will write a Spanish noun, adjective and verb for each letter in the words Día de Muertos.
10. Decorate your classroom for the Day of the Dead with 3 fun worksheets. Students can either color or draw and color a sugar skull. Also, in the final worksheet students will draw and alter that represents the life of a person of their choice. They will need to include their favorite foods, drinks, activities, hobbies, accomplishments etc. They will then label the items that they have drawn in Spanish.
11. Word Art: This worksheet can be used to review vocabulary words related to Día de Muertos. Students should be encouraged to color and decorate the vocabulary words. It is very beneficial for students to use new vocabulary words in a variety of different ways. You could also encourage students to create their own word art projects using vocabulary from this unit.
When students have finished this word art worksheet, it could also be easily displayed to make a beautiful bulletin board for Día de Muertos.
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