Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

 

The Day of the Dead masks the students made.
The Day of the Dead masks the students made.

My after school class can be a bit of a challenge as it is elementary level. So coming up with interesting things to teach them is always in the back of my mind. I’m not an expert at most topics, but I try to research each topic to the best of my ability and then teach my students about it.

Talking about the day of the dead.
Talking about the day of the dead.

Day of the Dead or El Dia de Los Muertos, as it is known, is the day after Halloween. We did not have class the next day, but we did have class on the 6th, so I thought it was fitting to teach them about another culture. I started the class by introducing the subject through this video. There is no speaking in the video so it is perfect for asking questions after like, “What did you see?”

Students working on their Day of the Dead skulls.
Students working on their Day of the Dead skulls.

We reviewed terms in Spanish and English while the students had to write the definition in Korean. Afterwards we went through a powerpoint and then I told the students about our activity for the day. We would be making Dia de los Muertos calaveras. ( Day of the Dead Skulls) The kids could color in the paper that was given to them or draw their own. I really enjoyed watching what they came up with and I hope they enjoyed the lesson.

A student with her mask.
A student with her mask.
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Students posing with their masks.

All in all it was fun to see what the students decided to draw on their masks. The girl students were more into the activity than the boys, but that seems to be normal nowadays.

 

The boys working on their masks.
The boys working on their masks.

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