Lesson Plan

Learning About Día de los Muertos

Students will learn about the holiday El Día de los Muertos through engaging activities and connecting to their own traditions.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to understand how the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is celebrated in Mexico and other parts of the world.
  • Students will be able to discuss their family's traditions and ways that they honor people who have passed away.


(5 minutes)
I Notice, I Wonder, I Learned
  • PLEASE NOTE: Prior to teaching this lesson to your students, check with parents and teachers about kids who may have lost a loved one recently. Or, if a student does not have celebrations in their family. Allow these students to complete another activity instead. INTRODUCTION:
  • Gather the students together in a comfortable space. Write the word celebration on the whiteboard. Ask your students, "What is a celebration? Turn and talk to a partner and talk about some things you celebrate in your family."
  • Give students a few minutes to discuss their ideas. Call on student volunteers and ask them to share their ideas with the class.
  • Clarify that a celebration is a social activity where people get together with others to show their praise or appreciation for something. A celebration is often enjoyable and fun.
  • Write down some celebrations that the students celebrate on the whiteboard. Discuss how everyone, depending on their culture, celebrates different things. Explain that someone's culture is the rules and behaviors we see as normal in our families or communities.
  • Continue by explaining that our traditions, or the customs or beliefs we hold as a family, include the ways that we celebrate or show appreciation for important events in our lives.

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