Over the last few weeks we've been learning about the traditions of the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico and throughout Latin America. Students have learned vocabulary related to this time of year, made calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls) and even entered a calaca (skeleton) scarecrow for Tahoe City's Scarecrow Fest contest. It all culminates on November 1st and 2nd when families honor their dead by visiting cementerios, preparing special meals and creating beautiful altars for their beloved deceased. For more resources and information on this beautiful holiday see the Resources page or just Google it!
We started the month with mini lessons in Aztec history and art. Middle school students in Spanish and art classes created a Day of the Dead inspired "scarecrow" for Tahoe City's Scarecrow Fest out of paper mache and other goodies. Our muse was the Aztec Goddess Coatlicue who was the goddess of birth, life and death. Learn more about her here! www.britannica.com/topic/Coatlicue
Saludos Amigos! Up to now all grades have been working on introductions and basic vocabulary.
This week we get into more research based work for the upper grades so I will try to generalize with as much specificity as possible.
K-4 : Review introductions, greetings, colors, days of the week, and numbers- Complete the Todo Acerca de Mi book- (some alphabet work)
5-8: Alphabet work, spelling names, greetings and salutations, Mexican Independence, Latin American map/countries work
Most classes will include a verbal portion, writing, creative expression and simple reading in the target language.
Here's a great video I will show in the upper level classes about the history of Mexican independence which was celebrated September 15/16.