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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Celebrating Day of the Dead in the Bilingual Classroom

Día de los Muertos is such a beautiful tradition. I love to teach my students about Day of the Dead and make cultural connections they can relate to. I'll be sharing some books, read alouds, and activities you can use in your Bilingual classroom! There's a FREEBIE for you too, so keep reading! 

Day of the dead spanish activities

Books and Read Alouds
What better way to teach about this important tradition than with books and read alouds. My favorite and a best seller is this bilingual book: El Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. I ordered this one from Scholastic Book Clubs. However, I also found it on Amazon and with prime shipping you can still get it in time to celebrate Día de los Muertos! Check out my top three favorite books with my Amazon Affiliate link AND check out the YouTube read alouds that are so fun for our students!
Create a giant classroom altar with mini altars created by students and their families. I like to have students bring in their own altar in remembrance of a family member or loved one that has passed away. Once they bring it, we create big altar made up of all of their altars. We add plenty of marigolds, plastic tea light candles, and our own papel picado we create using Astrobrights colorful paper. I like to incorporate as many meaningful elements as I can. I save all Día de los Muertos ideas on this PINTEREST board. Feel free to look around and save what you like!

I have created both printable and digital activities to help celebrate and teach about Día de los Muertos.
The printable Día de los Muertos activities include:
  • Fold, Read and Learn book with comprehension questions
  • Trifold with vocabulary, comprehension and writing tasks
  • Flipbook for students to research and fill in information
  • Craft for students to create their own Día de los Muertos marigold wreath
  • PLUS letters to make a Día de los Muertos bulletin board with student work!

Day of the dead spanish activities

This Fix the Sentences resource is sure to be a hit with your students! They will look for the errors in each sentence, then retype the sentence correctly. It has a Day of the Dead theme perfect for this festivity!

Recursos del Dia de los Muertos

Since some of our students are not in the classroom right now I have also created Boom Cards (digital task cards) to focus on Día de los Muertos vocabulary and context clues. These digital task cards are self-grading and interactive. They are super colorful, have the cutest Day of the Dead clipart, and will keep your students engaged! Check out the BUNDLE HERE!
Day of the dead activities

Thank you for reading this far. I hope you found a few ideas of things to implement and help celebrate this beautiful tradition. CLICK here to download these adorable bookmarks to help celebrate and teach about Día de los Muertos. This is an exclusive freebie just for my blog readers which means it is not available for download anywhere else. Share the link to this post with your bilingual teacher friends so that they can come download their own set of bookmarks. 

Day of the dead bookmarks

Until next time friends! ¡Hasta luego!

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