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#5. How to Make Your Own Memorial for Day of the Dead
Although many teachers feel this might be emotionally challenging for students to make a memorial honoring a loved one, many students say that it actually made them feel a little better to take time to remember the good times they spent with those who have passed away.
Students can make Day of the Dead memorials for loved ones, pets, or famous people or Hispanics who have passed away on paper with printed photographs and other materials that they tape or glue to the page OR they can make a digital memorial page on the computer.
Important Things to Include:
- Photos of the person
- Photos of objects of significance to the loved one. Ex. a guitar for a musician, a hammer for a carpinter, etc.
- A few sentences describing what the person liked to do.
- Birth date and date of death
Tip: Be sure to check your students’ sentences to make sure they’re correct before they write them on their final copy.
#4. Day of the Dead Readings
Here are 4 of my favorite children’s books for your younger students.
For older or more advanced Spanish students, check out this blog post about how Day of the Dead is celebrated in 5 different areas of Mexico. Divide your students up into 5 groups and have each group present about their place. Have a student recorder write similarities and differences on the board. OR Have students read this for homework and write questions to ask a partner in class the next day.
#3. Listen to a Day of the Dead Song
“Ofrenda” by Pedro Guerra is the perfect song for Day of the Dead. In it, he sings about the various offerings that you leave to entice the spirits of your loved ones to return. Love how he describes leaving items encapsulating all 5 senses to attract the spirits (food, drinks, incense, candle light, etc).
#2. How to Make Day of the Dead Tissue Flowers
I don’t know about you, but I love crafts that are simple, cheap, and easy to clean up. All you need is yellow and orange tissue paper, green pipe cleaners, a stapler and scissors. Best to watch the video to see how this is done. But these literally take 5-10 minutes. Very simple!
#1. Color a Day of the Dead Skull
Google Day of the Dead coloring pages and you’ll find plenty of skull images. Print out 4-5 of your favorites so students can choose the one they like the best. All you need are the copies, scissors, and markers. These make great class decorations or art projects for students to bring home.
Hope you’ll try one of these ideas in your Spanish class this year!
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