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Students research information about the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), a major celebration in Mexican culture, and compare it to similar holidays in other cultures. They discover various folk arts and festive traditions associated with the Day of the Dead.
Dia de los Muertos is an important holiday in Mexico, Spain, and Brazil. This video shares different facts and a brief history of the holiday.
Students create skeletons to celebrate the Day of the Dead. In this visual arts lesson, students explore the importance of the Day of the Dead celebrations in the Mexican culture. They create skeletons and decorate them with paint, cloth, and other artistic medias. 
Students explore the Mexican celebration el Dia de los Muertos. In this Mexican celebration lesson, students discuss ways people in the US honor the dead. Students compare and contrast Mexican holidays and American holidays. Students hear Mexican stories and discuss them. Students use fractions and measurement to follow recipes.
Students research customs and activities associated with the Mexican celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Students then analyze their favorite aspects of the holiday and represent them in drawings with bilingual displays.
Fifth graders describe ways in which people in the United States remember and honor the dead. They identify the similarities and differences between El Dia de los Muertos, Memorial Day, and Halloween.
Students explore the artwork of the Indo-Hispanic holiday of Day of the Dead. They view images, define key vocabulary terms, and plan and create a two- and three-dimensional sculptural figure.
Students explore Day of the Dead, also called "Dia de los Muertos," which is a holiday (or festival) celebrated in Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, and other areas in Central and South America populated with the Latino ethnic background.
Day of the Dead lesson plans can provide a meaningful exploration of the holiday and its importance.
Students engage in a lesson that focuses upon the Mexican Day Of The Dead and how it is celebrated. They conduct research using different resources and create a drawing depicting the holiday with a tombstone, decorations, and an appropriate background.
Students create an art project based on the Day of the Dead. In this visual art lesson, students create Day of the Dead artwork and discuss the significance of the holiday. Students use scratch paper in order to create their artwork and display it.
Students study the Mexican traditions for the Day of the Dead. For this Mexican traditions lesson, students study monarch butterflies and learn about the role that the mariposa plays in the Day of the Dead. Students learn about migration, read texts about the term, visit a website about monarch migration, and answer discussion questions They discuss complete metamorphosis and predation, as well as research a specific environment affecting monarchs. Students create paper monarchs.
Young scholars research information about Halloween and other cultural festivals of the dead. In this festivals of the dead lesson, students use the assigned website to examine All Hallow's Eve, the Obon, or Los Dias de los Muertos. They compare and contrast the holidays by looking at the festivals, masks, and food.
Fifth graders view skeleton images used in the Dia de los Muertos festival and hear the Mexican tale "Sister Death and the Healer." They identify the view of death held by the Mexican people.
How does the Spanish culture view death? Gain the interest of your learners by showing them a skull (if you can get one). How is this Spanish celebration similar or different than Halloween? As an extension, you could dedicate a class period to actually celebrate it! 
Fifth graders describe the characteristics of a piece of "papel picado", or Mexican cut paper, which is seen in the Dia de los Muertos festival. They predict what medium was used in the papel picado art. They explain how the scene in the papel picado made them feel.
Tenth graders explore the Mexican celebration, The Day of the Dead. They honor the deceased by writing a letter to a deceased pet. They complete a graphic organizer comparing the Day of the Dead to Halloween.
Students watch a video to explore the Mexican celebration of The Day of the Dead. They compare and contrast the Mexican celebration to Halloween. Students write a letter to a deceased pet.
Students construct concept maps after reading an article. In this Dia de Los Muertos lesson, students read about the celebration in Spanish and create concept maps explaining what they learned. Students share with their peers.
Students examine information about a previously chosen aspect of Day of the Dead and they evaluate a webpage analysis. They create a project about their aspect and prepare a presentation for the class. They complete a self-evaluation form on both themselves and their classmates.

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