Holidays around the World: Day of the Dead / Día de los Muertos ~ CC Aligned

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As an alternative or an addition to Halloween activities, teachers can celebrate Day of the Dead with their students. This holiday also occurs at the end of October/beginning of November. Through a range of multicultural activities, crafts, and Common Core-aligned math and reading exercises, students can learn about a holiday celebrated by millions of people in Mexico, in other countries of Latin America, in the Philippines, in some countries Europe, and even in the US: Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos.

In this packet students will:

- Listen to stories about Day of the Dead, and then have a guided class discussion about the meanings of the holiday. Included in this section is: a book list, book summaries, and a list of discussion questions with key concepts defined

- Watch a colorful power point of Day of the Dead photographs, and identify themes and key components of the holiday

- Cut out and assemble a skeleton, and get creative dressing it up: a football player, musician, clown, ballerina, cowboy, or any unique character!

- Decorate the classroom with festive “calavera” (skull) bunting, posters, and papel picado. Instructions included!

- Make a bilingual (Spanish-English!) minibook about Day of the Dead and learn about how, where, and why it is celebrated

- Follow the instructions to color in numbered squares on a 100s chart, and discover the hidden, Day of the Dead picture (Answer key included)

- Practice “greater than, less than” counting marigolds (1-20), a typical flower used in Day of the Dead celebrations (Answer key included)

- Cut and paste ideas to create a Venn diagram comparing Day of the Dead with Halloween (Answer key included)

- Read a story (filled with high frequency vocabulary!) about children celebrating Day of the Dead with their family, and answer comprehension questions. Two versions of the story are included, at slightly different difficulty levels

- Practice handwriting skills while writing culturally-relevant phrases about Day of the Dead; then draw a picture that relates the holiday to their own celebrations and experiences

- In addition to the cultural guide for Day of the Dead and lots of printables, teachers also get a bonus coloring sheet and instructions to make 2 extra Day of the Dead crafts!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.


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