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Holiday: Day of the Dead

These websites are about Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration, a holiday to honor loved ones who have died. Here you can find many craft and activity ideas, informative articles, pictures, and videos about the Day of the Dead. Included are two eThemes resources about Mexico.


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This is a list of common vocabulary words in Spanish with their English meanings. NOTE: The site has a link to a guestbook.
Read facts about this celebration in Mexico. NOTE: The site has a link to a guestbook.
See actual photographs taken of this celebration. NOTE: The site leads to websites with discussion boards. (forums, message boards, etc.) NOTE: The site has ads.
Read about how the Celts, Japanese, and Cambodians celebrate the dead. This text may be too advanced for younger students, but there is good background information for teachers.
This site has information and activities relating to the Day of the Dead. There are photos, slideshows, video clips, recipes, and crafts. There is a downloadable education packet for teachers, a glossary, and postcards that you can send. This site is also available in Spanish. NOTE: This site contains ads.
This site has lots of pictures of Day of the Dead celebrations and includes poems and recipes of traditional foods.
Here are activity ideas for a Day of the Dead mini-unit. Students can make and decorate a skull sculpture, learn about altars, write an original poem about the Day of the Dead, or visit a cemetary, and discuss what they have learned.
This site has materials and instructions for several Day of the Dead activities. Students can make paper flowers or a skelton puppet, do a word search or crossword puzzle, and more. Click on "Lesson Plans" for printable teachers' resources. NOTE: This site contains sponsored links. NOTE: The "Dating" link at the top of the page links to eHarmony.
This page is about the Day of the Dead and how its celebrations evolved from a mixture of Prehispanic and Spanish religious ideas. There is a description of ofrendas, or altars.
This site has information on the funeral customs of several different cultures, including Mexico's Day of the Dead.
Here is a recipe for making sugar skulls, like the ones that are placed on altars during the Day of the Dead.
This is a page about home altars, which are important in Day of the Dead celebrations. Watch a short video in which artist Patricia Martinez talks about altar making.
Learn about Mexican culture, art, traditions, and holiday celebrations. There are links eThemes resources on Mexican geography, Western Civilization, Cinco de Mayo celebration, and more. Includes photographs, audio, in class activities, and lesson plans.
Learn about the geography, culture, art, cuisine, celebrations, and symbols of Mexico. There are links to eThemes resources on Mexican traditions and holidays, Western Civilizations, Latin America culture, and Cinco de Mayo celebration. Includes images of people, currency, cities, maps, quizzes, and a lesson plan. Listen to the pronunciation of Spanish words.

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