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Use these lesson starters to learn about the origins of Halloween & The Day of the Dead and how they have been celebrated in different countries.
Halloween evolved from ancient Celtic traditions and beliefs and The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday for remembering and celebrating the dead.
K-5 Assign each student a letter of the alphabet. Explain to students that they will watch the video segment “Halloween Symbols and Traditions” from Holiday Facts and Fun: Halloween and video segment on Discovery Education Streaming, and they will need to summarize… Click here to access the full Halloween content collection and all K-5 lesson starters.
6-8 Find several explicit cues about the content you are about to study in the “The History of Modern Halloween” and “Jack O’ Lanterns and Costumes” video segments from America: Fact versus Fiction: Trick or Treat on Discovery Education Streaming. These statements will be the prompts… Click here to access the full Halloween content collection and all 6-8 lesson starters.
9-12 Explain to students they will be creating a Fakebook page for Edgar Allan Poe. Use “The Truth About Poe” and “Unknown Facts About Edgar Allan Poe” video segments from America: Fact versus Fiction: Trick or Treat on Discovery Education Streaming. Using colored sticky notes… Click here to access the full Halloween content collection and all 9-12 lesson starters.
Day of the Dead
K-5 After listening to the poem recited in the video segment “Holiday Poem” or “Poem: Calaveras,” have students create their own poem to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Challenge students… Click here to access the full Day of the Dead content collection and all K-5 lesson starters.
6-8 View the video segments “Cuanajo: Day of the Dead Celebrations”on Discovery Education streaming; · “Fantastic Festivals of the World: Mexico” Students should create their own altar with a drawing, painting, or collage. Their altar should include… Click here to access the full day of the Dead content collection and all 6-8 lesson starters.
9-12 Students should research the life of Jose Guadalupe Posada and how his work has become an important part of Day of the Dead. Students should look into his early life, his time as a reporter, and how his art has now become synonymous with Day of the Dead. Students should… Click here to access the full day of the Dead content collection and all 9-12 lesson starters.
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