Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic  Day of the Dead, and supports the standard of analyzing the background of holidays and their impact on culture. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of  projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students:

  • What have you heard about Day of the Dead?
  • Where do you think this holiday comes from? 

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

  • Read aloud the description on the Day of the Dead topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Around the World,” “Famous Faces,” or “In Depth.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Day of the Dead Challenge and Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about Day of the Dead while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a commercial for a Day of the Dead celebration. Include a brief  history of the holiday, and describe the activities that will be happening at the celebration.  
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying Day of the Dead traditions. Provide a brief description of each. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a flag for a Day of the Dead celebration.

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