Second grade students are learning about the Mexican celebration and traditions of el Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, as part of our family unit. On November 1st and 2nd, Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, young and old, celebrate the lives of the loved ones they have lost by gathering together, enjoying special foods, and decorating tables, or ofrendas/altares, with flowers, food, photos, and candles to remember their loved ones. There are often parades as well. Many families bring flowers to decorate the graves of their loved ones. It is a happy time to gather together, full of fun traditions for all ages, like making and decorating candy sugar skulls and eating sweet pan de muerto. Other traditional foods that might be enjoyed are tamales and mole.
This year, our second graders will collaborate with students at Winnona Park and Clairemont to create an ofrenda at the Atlanta History Center's festival for el Día de los Muertos, which will take place on Sunday, October 29th. This is a great FREE family event that also includes traditional musical and dance performances.
This year, for the ofrenda, we take our inspiration from Mr. Rogers! Mr. Rogers said, "My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world." Our ofrenda will be in honor of the community helpers that assisted in helping people after the earthquake in Mexico City and the hurricanes in Puerto Rico. If you would like to support the organizations that support these community helpers, please click here and here. Our students will be creating art that will be displayed at school. A select few pieces will be displayed at the Atlanta History Center ofrenda on October 29th. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in some of our learning standards:
MLE2.CU1B I can participate in culturally-authentic simulations.
MLE2.CU1A Demonstrate knowledge of typical practices and products and products of target cultures, i.e., how birthdays are celebrated, piñatas, first day of school traditions etc.
MLE1.CCC4A Document encounters with the target language beyond the classroom setting.
MLE1.CCC4B Document encounters with the target cultures beyond the classroom setting.
I hope to see you there!
www.welovebuhi.com/#/diadelosmuertos/ Día de los Muertos on Buford Hwy!
http://movies.disney.com/coco Coco, a new film by Disney/Pixar set in Mexico! This film will be in theaters around Thanksgiving!