Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos
Grades 2–12, 60 Minutes
Integrates with studies of
- Mexico and Mexican people today and in the past
- Customs from around the world
- Spanish language
- Visual arts interdisciplinary connections
On the Day of the Dead, November 2nd, Mexicans celebrate death as a part of life. Visit an ofrenda or altar to explore the elements of this festival through hands-on artifacts. Then make a take-home craft. Choose at the time of reservation either calacas (skull masks) or cempasúchils (paper flowers). This presentation encourages student participation, including discussion and handling artifacts. The class takes place in the Encounters with the Americas galleries.
- Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos Information Sheet
- Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos brochure
- Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos brochure (Spanish)
Teacher-Recommended Media Links for K-12 Education
- Harvard Professor Davíd Carrasco talks (10/18/10) to K-12 educators about teaching Day of the Dead.
- Harvard Professor Davíd Carrasco talks Day of the Dead altars in front of the permanent altar.
- A video interview with Mizael Sanchez, the artist who made the Peabody's permanent altar.