Day of the Dead


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    National Museum of American History

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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a day of celebration for the people of Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America, and more recently for Mexican Americans. This engaging online exhibition from the Smithsonian Latino Center provides a wealth of information that will help students learn the origins of the holiday, how it was been celebrated traditionally and how it is being celebrated now. The exhibition includes links to online resources as well as printable classroom-ready resources including: a fact sheet, lesson plans for grades K-2 and 6-8, and a user's guide that includes the text of the online exhibition, more lesson ideas and instructions for making decorations for the celebration.  Also included is an online interactive in which students can decorate their own virtual alter. Less

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: TK/K to 12

    Topics: History-Social Science, United States History

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    Tool for: Parents, Administrators, Teachers, Students


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    Teaching Method: Simulation