Thursday, November 2, 2017

Happy Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

We have been learning about the Mexican tradition called Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. It is a time of celebration and to honor the friends and family members who we have lost. 

First, we watched a BrainPop video to learn about Mexico and this special Mexican holiday. 

Next, we created beautiful calaveras to decorate our room. A big thank you to Will's mom for preparing the art project and teaching us about this special holiday. 

Behold! A few arrays of calaveras!

 What did you learn about this special Mexican tradition?

How many calaveras did we make? Use multiplication!

Did you honor anyone special with your artwork? 


  1. @Mrs. Yollis,

    I really enjoyed making the calavaras. I learned that Dia De Los Muertos wasn't just on November 1st, but also on November 2nd. Making the calaveras was fun for me because we got to do whatever we wanted and feel relaxed.

    In the first array there were 6 calaveras and the equasion was 2x3.

    In the second array there were 9 calaveras and the equasion was 3x3.

    Finaly, the last array also had 9 calaveras and the equasion was 3x3.

    When we were making the calaveras I was thinking of my old dog Nobu, who passed away in 2015 and my grandmother's sister, Jackie, who died last December.


  2. Meredith (Jake's Mom)November 3, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Dear Class,
    I had heard of the holiday Dia de Los Muertas but did not really see it celebrated so much in the United States. This year, I noticed that lots of stores had decorations for this holiday, including lots of calaveras like the ones you made.

    The reason I think the holiday is so popular this year is that Disney's holiday movie for November is called Coco. This movie is about a boy named Miguel who lives in Mexico and really loves music. The movie takes place in the "Land of the Dead". You will have to go see the movie in November to see more about it but I suspect, there will be lots of symbols related to Dia de Las Muertas!

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Those skulls look amazing! Were they fun to make? They look fun to make.

    The sculls look so decorative. I love all the colors there so beautiful.


  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis class,

    I am such a big fan of the Dia De Los Muertos skulls. I love how colorful they are, I wish I was talented enough to do my makeup so I could dress as one for Halloween next year.

    Every year I am so impressed by how realistic the costumes are and look forward to seeing more next year.

    Jayden really enjoyed decorating the skulls using puff paint, glitter and glitter pens, crayons and markers. She liked to see how creative all of her classmates are and enjoyed every ones artwork.

    Jayden also shared with me how much she enjoyed the class Halloween party. Her favorite activity was the doughnut spiders, they were so delicious. Her favorite game was charades cause she loves to play and act out different things.

    I hope I will be able to volunteer at your next party so I can be part of the fun.


    Mara (Jayden's Mom)

  5. Dear Mrs Yollis class,

    I really enjoyed reading all of the fun and festive things your class did to learn and create an experience around Dia De Los Muertos. I am currently traveling in Mexico and had the unique opportunity to celebrate this important holiday with the locals in San Miguel De Allende (a small town in the central part of the country).

    The Mexican people spend several days decorating the alters of their loved ones who have passed. We saw may alters also celebrating people’s pets- dogs, cats and even horses. There were several parades through town and also a precession through the cemetary where people would stop to visit and leave special treats for their relatives. It was an emotional and celebratory experience and a great way to remember those that are no longer here with us.

    The decorated, colorful skulls are an important hallmark of this holiday and the beautiful ones that your class made would fit perfectly here. I’m so glad that your class had an opportunity to learn about this holiday and create momentos to honor the special people/pets in your lives.

    Jessica (Will’s Auntie)

  6. @Jessica(Will's Auntie)

    What a coincidence that you happened to be in Mexico during Dia De Los Muertos. What a beautiful way to honor the special people and pets that have touched our lives.

    Did you travel to Mexico specifically for this holiday? If so did you honor anyone in particular? What kinds of foods did they incorporate into this celebration? Do the schools observe this holiday too?

    Muchos gracias,

    Lindsay (Will's Mom)

  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    How are you?

    We also learned about Dia de los Muertos! It is such a fun holiday we learned that it means to celebrate the dead like the day of the dead. You have fun when you celebrate it and, we also made skeleton skulls but they are not popped out like what your class did. We read a book and watched a Brainpop about it.

    We colored them in with fun and bright colors and that made everything happy! Some of our class colored them rainbow we did not use black or gray, we designed them how we would like with flowers and stripes and stars we added other things on it then just colored them in.

    What did you use to make your skeleton?
    What did you learn about Dia de los Muertos?

    Your Former Students,
    Allie and Brianna


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