At my school I was asked to create a two week long Dia de los Muertes plan consisting of five 30 minute lesson plans for the entire student body. The following lessons will work for both Spanish classes and non Spanish classes. The unit begins with looking at the way death is celebrated here in the United States, and then moves to cultural celebrations of the death around the world. Once students look at the different ways death can be celebrated they begin to look deeper into the history and definition of Day of the Dead.
After they understand the culture and tradition of Dia de los Muertos the unit moves into the way the students can celebrate their dead through the holiday. They will make masks, write poetry, and look into the style and artwork of Dia de los Muertos.
Through this mini unit plan teachers will be able to learn along side the students. The lesson plans are open ended and allow the teacher to adjust and change the lesson plan based on the needs and pace of the class.
Print outs for masks are easy to find through a google search.