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Explore holidays around the world! This interactive lesson and craft will introduce your students to the traditions surrounding The Day of the Dead, the two-day annual holiday observed throughout México that honors the dead with festivities and celebrations. An important aspect of Day of the Dead is the ofrenda, which is the altar constructed and decorated in memory of the deceased. Students will learn about the symbolic elements of the ofrenda and use provided templates and examples - along with their creativity - to make an ofrenda honoring a famous Mexican or beloved friend or relative.
MEXICO! Day of the Dead (41 pages, including instructions to the user) includes the following:
1. Day of the Dead – lesson with 2 PowerPoint image files to present as you teach
2. Ofrenda – illustrated, step-by-step craft instructions
3. Templates to accompany craft
The craft includes printables.
Materials needed to make one ofrenda include:
Colored card stock, 8 ½” x 11”, one per student
Orange tissue paper squares measuring approximately 3” x 3” each, 10 squares per student
Dark red or red tissue paper squares measuring approximately 3” x 3” each, 2 squares per student
Aluminum foil, 1 strip per student
A few sequins
Colored copy paper squares in orange, yellow, and green measuring approximately 3” x 3” each
Liquid white glue, Q-tips, scissors, assorted fine tip colored markers that students will share
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