El Día de los Muertos Activities | Day of the Dead Reading

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8th - 11th
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Finding a cultural reading with relevant activities that your Spanish 1 students can actually understand can be challenging for comprehensible input classrooms. Look no further for 5 colorful Día de los Muertos activities on the festive traditions in Oaxaca, Mexico especially for Spanish 1 novice students!


These Día de los Muertos activities for novice learners emphasize high-frequency verbs while presenting authentic Mexican culture. It is written in comprehensible, simple Spanish with beautiful photos and clear explanations for beginner students.

It highlights the present tense forms and provides the meanings for the super 7 Spanish verbs as well as a comprehensive glossary of Day of the Dead vocabulary. It also includes five creative and higher-level thinking extension activities for personalized learning.

5 activities included:

  1. Design your own calavera sugar skull
  2. Design your own ofrenda altar de muertos
  3. Write a trip itinerary for Oaxaca Day of the Dead events
  4. Write a postcard describing the events of the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca
  5. Create an altar for a TV character or family member.

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NO PREP! Just print the reading (also prints well in black-and-white), and pages for extension activities. Have students work through the reading together and then choose their desired project to show their understanding.

The reading in Spanish details the basic traditions with the products, practices, AND perspectives of Oaxaca’s Day of the Dead, according to ACTFL guidelines. Your middle or high school Spanish students will be challenged and still comprehend the input they read, while learning about authentic Mexican culture!

Each high-frequency verb is highlighted and meanings are provided.

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If you love using videos of authentic Spanish speakers to provide your students with authentic culture during Day of the Dead (and need a project), this activity pairs beautifully with Virtual Field Trip to Oaxaca, Mexico

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10 pages
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Teaching Duration
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