Who else is excited to celebrate the Day of the Dead with their students!? This year I'm doing a long unit about Día de los Muertos, but I still want to teach my students about it. Tomorrow we will have a Día de los muertos inspired Música miércoles (thanks Allison Weinhold). Last year we listened to 'La Calaverita" by La Santa Cecelia. This song is awesome because it captures the celebratory nature of this holiday.
This year my students are going to begin class by reading Martina Bex's articles on Día de los muertos. This is an awesome resource because Martina includes various versions of the Day of the Dead reading--perfect for differentiating the materials between different grade levels. After reading about the holiday, my students are going to read the lyrics to 'Día de los muertos' by El-Haru Kuroi.
This song is much more serious in comparison to the Santa Cecelia song, but I like that it shows real families celebrating and remembering their loved ones on this important day. After discussing the lyrics as a class, students will watch the video using this EdPuzzle activity. The EdPuzzle incorporates the song lyrics as well as information in Marina's Day of the Dead reading.
I also want to incorporate footage from the Día de los Muertos parade in México City. Below I've posted are several videos that capture this awesome parade, as well as a beautiful ad from British Airways.
What are you doing to celebrate Día de los Muertos with your students?