Recently, in their Spanish studies, Kindergarten through third-grade students learned about the meaning and traditions of the Day of the Dead, which is observed on November 1st and 2nd. The students learned that the Day of the Dead is about remembering and celebrating the people (and pets!) in their families that have passed away. It is different from Halloween because it is a happy, joyful, and colorful holiday to memorialize the life of their deceased loved ones, rather than focusing on spooky or scary situations.
The students learned about the traditional decorations and made their own. Here is what they made:
- Kindergarten classes made their own ofrendas by coloring and gluing candles, flowers, food, and more to poster board.
- First-grade classes made marigolds from napkins and pipe cleaners
- Second-grade classes made skeletons out of Q-tips
- Third-grade classes made their own papel picado from tissue paper.