Day of the Dead Lesson Plan with Printables

Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is quickly approaching on November 2nd.

Of course, as a Mexican folk artist and teacher, this is my favorite time of the year! I love everything about it--the cool night air that Fall brings, the smell of copal (incense) burning,  the sweet sound of rattling shells on the ankles of the Aztec dancers and the colorful sights of the altars, the sugar skulls, the face painting....and of course, the artwork.

My friends and family are so excited about this day because I usually have an art activity planned for them, in addition to the other activities of the night. There are so many interesting and exciting aspects about this day, culturally and artistically -- it's so much more than "Mexican Halloween".  It's a holiday steeped in tradition and every year its influence spans wider and wider.

In response to the demand, I've decided to create an activity plan to share Day of the Dead on the interwebz. It is perfect for the classroom--whether it be a traditional public school classroom, the charter school hybrid,  private school or a group of homeschoolers. It's suitable for all ages, and it's supported by twelve quality links for you to explore.

What makes this activity plan different from others you've seen is that I've created six custom coloring pages for teachers to share with their classroom. That's right, I've infused my own Day of the Dead style of art into these coloring sheets and they can be used in a variety of ways and incorporated into several art lessons for your students.

When you order this 10-page activity plan, you'll receive:
  • Summary of the origins of Day of the Dead
  • Vocabulary words
  • Six unique black and white calavera coloring sheets that you are free to reproduce as many times as you wish*
  • You can choose from a Frida Kahlo calavera, a dancing couple, a punk rocker, skulls with roses, a school girl and a large sugar skull (which you can use as a template to create a mask).
  • In addition to several other ideas for you to celebrate this holiday with your students, there are 16 interesting and educational links for you to explore.
I can't wait for you check out my coloring pages! My own children have been coloring them with markers for days now and they are really enjoying all of the organic designs, especially the punk rocker and the Frida Kahlo calavera.

    Modern Art 4 Kids will email a printable pdf file for a Day of the Dead 10-page activity plan for just $25. Click the “Buy Now” button below to access PayPal for same day delivery to your inbox.

      *All images on the activity pages are meant solely for personal use and use in the classroom. Do not reproduce for sale in any form.

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