Many Spanish speaking countries celebrate Día de los muertos on November 1st and 2nd. It is an opportunity to celebrate and honor those who have gone before. As an IB school, I wanted to teach learners they do not have to celebrate but can learn about holidays around the world while being open minded and respectful.
K- They practice counting, patterns, and numbers all while decorating colorful Calaveras.
1st grade- They practiced body parts and also made a Calaverita craft. They were very creative
Second grade: They made beautiful paper flowers like the ones that are used to decorate the altars.
Third- They practiced following directions in Spanish while they created beautiful Calaverita masks.
Fourth-They also practiced following directions in Spanish while making Papel Picado.
Fifth Grade- We used our “No me gusta…” phrases to create personal Guatemalan Barriletes. I will put all of them together to create one big barrilete with powerful messages.
If you want to learn more at home here are a couple of videos they watched on Día de los muertos: