The Day of the Dead, or el Dia de los muertos, is a Mexican holiday that dates back to ancient Aztecs, over 3,000 in years ago. It is celebrated on November 1 and 2 and is a day to remember and honor loved ones who have passed away. Some of the traditions include visiting the cemetery, decorating gravesites, decorating altars, and making offerings. The most important symbol of this holiday is the Catrina, a skeleton dressed in fancy clothes. Sra. Weinpel's seventh grade students were asked to create their own Catrina. Since their current thematic unit is about clothing, students were asked to dress and accessorize their Catrinas and write descriptions of the outfit. Students will share their presentations in class.
Making sugar skulls is another tradition of the Day of the Dead. Students were a bit surprised to learn that back when the tradition started, they used real skulls. Thankfully, things have changed! Fifth graders were asked to color a skull or to draw one on Seesaw.