- Grades: PreK–K
- Learn important facts about Mexico
- Identify and make an ABAB pattern
- Make a Mexican paper cutting
- Draw a self-portrait
- Learn about the life and work of painter Frida Kahlo
- Learn about bones
- Identify the different bones that we have in our body
- Learn about the Mexican tradition, Day of the Dead
- Make and decorate a skeleton like the ones made in Mexico to celebrate the Day of the Dead
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Lesson 1: Traditional Mexican Paper Cutting
Lesson 2: What Is Important to You?
Lesson 3: Dancing Skeleton Puppets
At the end of this unit, the students display their works of Mexico-inspired art, plus what they've learned about artists and traditions, in a museum-style exhibit for all to come and see. I display my students' work on tables that I place around the outer edges of the room. The students then sing songs in Spanish, including "De Colores," "Chocolate," "Buenos Dias," and "Cielindo Lindo."
Finally, the students pair off with a partner and perform the Mexican Hat Dance. When the students are finished dancing, we have our fiesta with traditional Mexican food that the parents have made! Viva la Mexico!