Making an Altar for the Day of the Dead

No El Dia de los Muertos—or the Day of the Dead—celebration is complete without a traditional altar. Follow descriptive instructions to build, and choose items and symbols from various lists to create an altar fit to honor loved ones that have passed away. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Save time and money; ask for material donations from parents and guardians 
  • Gather books about the the holiday that pupils can browse when time permits 
  • Decorate the rest of the classroom with papel picado and enjoy a loaf of pan de muerta to add to your class celebration of El Dia de los Muertos
Classroom Considerations

  • Take class members' sensitivity to death into consideration; stress the fact that the holiday is a happy celebration 

  • Provides a brief history of the holiday alongside descriptions of most altar items 

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