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The Day of the Dead Teaching Resources

Get ready for the Day of the Dead with teacher-created Día de Los Muertos resources ready for your elementary classroom! Mark the fall holiday with printables, writing activities and more.

What Is the Day of the Dead?

Known as el Día de Los Muertos in Spanish, the Day of the Dead is a fall holiday that originates in Mexico where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives once a year. The centuries-old holiday is traditionally observed around Halloween and can also be called All Souls Day. Many Mexican-Americans celebrate the Day of the Dead by leaving offerings on their loved ones’ graves or creating altars called ofrendas in their homes with candles and marigolds. Celebrations of el Día de Los Muertos may also include brightly colored Calaveras or sugar skulls, which are used to honor those who have passed on.

When Is the Day of the Dead?

The Day of the Dead is celebrated November 1 into November 2.

How Do You Teach About the Day of the Dead?

Teaching your students about Day of the Dead with Día de los Muertos activities is a great way to foster empathy in the classroom as well as educating students about the Mexican tradition. Some ways to celebrate include:

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