Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) is a great opportunity to introduce the 6th grade students to a different culture. The celebrations are completely outside their normal realm of experience and it leads to great interest and discussion.
This year had to be different. I was out of the classroom for two days and the holiday would not wait. This years technology experiment has been with Edmodo – I structured the cultural exploration as a self-discovery journey. They were able to post their questions and reflections and respond to their classmates. It was interesting watching their thoughts change and adapt through their comments as they viewed additional material. There will be the opportunity for follow up discussion tomorrow.
The digital resources they had access to:
- SlideShare with images and explanation
- Day of the Dead Misconceptions
- Day of the Dead in Pictures from National Geographic Kids
- Mayan Kids: Day of the Dead History