Butterflies: A Symbol of Dia de los Muertos

What role does the monarch butterfly play in the holiday, Dia de los Muertos? Find out with a instructional activity that sheds light on symbolism and cultural traditions. A KWL chart shares scholars' knowledge of the holiday and what they want to know and learn. Groups perform a jigsaw exercise to gather and share information with peers. Independently, learners color a worksheet featuring the insect and write on parts of their body hopes and memories. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Post the lesson's introduction question on a classroom blog, direct learners to write in complete sentences and reply to their peers
  • Invite family members to speak to the class about the holiday and how they celebrate at home
  • Gather a variety of books on butterflies and Dia de los Muertos for early finishers to browse
Classroom Considerations
  • Dia de los Muertos takes place from October 31st to November 2nd 
  • It may be difficult for some pupils to share about someone they have lost 
  • Cooperative learning strategies are incorporated
  • Provides differentiation and extension ideas 
  • None