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Join the Mexican celebration for Dia de los Muertos. Families honor the spirits of deceased relatives with food and flowers during this 3-day holiday.
Invite students to research how Aztec beliefs mixed with Catholic rituals to result in the contemporary celebration of the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). This holiday is widely celebrated in Mexico and in communities where Mexican families live. Challenge students to find pictures of dancing, art, and cemetery decorations—just some of the ways that families celebrate during this 3-day festival. Students display their learing about this holiday with an original scene such as the one illustrated here. Descriptoins of how to re-create a tombstone replica are included in this plan.
Tombstone: Blend white Crayola® Model Magic® with color from a gray Crayola Washable Gel Marker. Knead just a bit to obtain a marble effect. Shape Model Magic into a tombstone. Write names and dates on the stone if so desired. Set it aside to air-dry overnight.
Decorations: Use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils on white construction paper to draw items to decorate one's tombstone. Flowers, garlands of greens and flowers, and candles are all commonly used, as are gifts of food. Color in the items with Gel Markers. Cut out the decorations with Crayola Scissors. With Crayola School Glue, attach items to the tombstone. Air-dry the glue.
Background. On a large piece of dark construction paper, use your imagination to create a night scene with the Gel Markers—they really stand out on dark colors! Show shadows of people dancing and a sky with a full moon. Add Crayola Glitter Glue for sparkle.
Glue the decorated headstone to the background. Air-dry flat.
Provide students with examples of contemporary obituaries as well as death notices from years ago. Invite students to compose a death notice for the person identified on the tombstone. Display tombstones and epitaphs in a prominent place in the classroom for easy viewing.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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