Day of the Dead Lesson

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Students in Michelle Scharff’s, Laura Jayne’s and Marianne Shaw’s Spanish classes learned about and celebrated the Day of the Dead on Nov. 2. They made masks, crafted sugar skulls and created an “ofrenda,” an altar that honors a loved one who has passed away.

High school Spanish 4 classes learned that Mexicans celebrate life through the holiday by honoring their deceased loved ones in a variety of ways. After creating their ofrendas, the students watched a film called “The Book of Life,” an animated tale about the holiday. The junior high school-level Spanish classes made masks and paper banners, while students in other levels of high school Spanish made marigolds and read about the holiday.