October 21, 2012

All Saints Day and All Souls Day Resources

Here are some online resources that you can use to teach your students about All Saints Day and All Souls Day traditions in the Spanish-speaking world:

Specific to Day of the Dead as it is celebrated in Mexico (and the United States):
-Here is a printable calaca (skull) for students to color from Spanglish Baby: http://www.spanglishbaby.com/?s=el+dia+de+los+muertos&x=0&y=0
-Here is a PowerPoint about the Day of the Dead in Mexico: http://www.tes.co.uk/ResourceDetail.aspx?storyCode=6004440
-Here are clear audio narratives explaining Day of the Dead in Mexico and in the United States: http://www.fluencyprof.com/el-dia-de-los-muertos-comic.html
-Here is a multimedia site about Day of the Dead in Michoacan and Oaxaca: http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/graficos/graficosanimados11/EU_muertos
-Here is a website dedicated to the Mexican celebration: http://www.dayofthedead.com
-If you live near the Bay Area in California, this celebration may be of interest to you: http://www.dayofthedeadsf.org
-The San Diego County Office of Education has guidelines for teachers who teach about Day of the Dead as well as recommended resources at http://www.sdcoe.net/lret2/hss/?loc=fall2009_newsletter&m=1 (scroll about halfway down the page to Resources)
-What Day of the Dead is not, in English http://www.inside-mexico.com/noes.htm and in Spanish http://www.inside-mexico.com/noessp.htm
-Here is an About.com article about Day of the Dead: http://spanish.about.com/cs/culture/a/dayofdead.htm?nl=1
-Here is a craft idea from Spanglish Baby for making a shoebox altar: http://spanglishbaby.com/finds/day-of-the-dead-kids-craft-shoebox-altar

-Here are some activities and handouts with Halloween themes: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/taskmagic/attachments/folder/927765867/item/list?mode=list&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc
-Here is Calaveras song on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=ZpqoO7LkgF0
-Here is an intriguing wordless animated clip, also on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBKn6CPKGnA
-Here’s video explaining the traditions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kimX-rwPmyk
-Here are several resources from the Mis Cositas website: a video focusing on careers (as played by skeleton toys) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAdBfZI5uq0 ; another video in slow Spanish about the traditions - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kimX-rwPmyk ; an online storybook - http://www.miscositas.com/miabuela.html ; photos from Mexico - http://www.flickr.com/photos/miscositaspix/sets/72157625811153814 ; a webquest - http://www.miscositas.com/muertos.html ; and thematic units in English - http://www.miscositas.com/units.html#english ; and Spanish - http://www.miscositas.com/units.html#spanish

Here is an article about All Saints Day in Peru: http://www.dosmanosperu.com/dosmanos/spanish/latin-culture/fiestas/todos-los-santos.php

Most of these resources deal with Mexican traditions, but not all of them: http://www.ac-grenoble.fr/disciplines/espagnol/articles.php?lng=fr&pg=274

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