First graders recently learned about Dia de los Muertos, a happy and festive time in Mexico when some people believe spirits of the departed come back to visit. As past of their study, the students learned about the altars created in public spaces in in homes during Day of the Dead. Items on the altars include marigolds, water, fruit, Pan de Muertos, and sugar skulls. 1-B students made their own paper sugar skulls, similar to the kind found on Dia de los Muertos altars.
In parts of Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is extra special because of the annual migration of monarch butterflies to those areas. Legend says that the butterflies are the spirits of returning loved ones. Students also made a monarch butterfly to adorn their skull.
Their work is also posted on their individual student blogs - with a fun twist!
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