Día de los Muertos is a culturally important holiday that is celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd. In fact, it is one of the most significant cultural lessons that you will teach in your Spanish classroom. This bundle of materials includes:
1. Two original photographs that can be printed and displayed as classroom posters.
2. A summary of Dia de los Muertos for the teacher (English)
3. A word search that you can use as a bell ringer, a warm up, or as a brain break.
4. A black line master of a skull that can be colored and decorated by your students,
5. Student research tickets that can be printed and assigned as homework and as a classroom entry ticket,
6. A blank learning log with room for student reflection (K-W-L),
7. A handout with discussion questions and an answer key that doubles as a quiz,
8. A Reading Comprehension activity with answer key (Spanish),
9. A blank Venn diagram for use during the classroom discussion. I use it to compare and contrast Halloween with Día de los Muertos to address the misconception that the two holidays are the same.
10. Time-saving links to instructions for conducting Socratic seminars and Philosophical Chairs classroom activities, as well as a list of online Spanish and English resources where you can find additional information about Día de los Muertos.
11. A handout / activity where students read a short poem (Spanish) about Dia de los Muertos. Key words and verbs are highlighted and students are instructed to draw a picture that uses the key words. It also has a modified version of a word search puzzle that contains the key words.
12 A fill-in-the-blank activity and word search that can be used as a reward or as a differentiation tool for students who finish early. Students are asked to read sentences (English) and fill in blanks with words about Dia de los Muertos. The words that they use can be found in the attached word search. Students are not aware, but may discover that the answers appear in the word search both in English and in Spanish.
This bundle contains everything that you need to create a great cultural lesson on Day of the Dead and there is enough variety of information and activities to appeal to almost any level. These materials can even be left as part of your Substitute / Guest teacher plans.
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