- 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
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!
Students read books to learn about the cultural tradition of Mexican paper cutting, and then use their math skills to make ABAB patterns.
Students learn about Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and create self-portraits while considering the question, "What is important to you?"
PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
With this lesson, students are introduced to the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, while learning about the human skeleton.