Spanish

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As part of the cultural aspect and global awareness of the language, students will be learning about “Día de los muertos” or Day of the Dead from October 16- November 2 during Spanish.   We will be discussing the history, the purpose of the holiday and how it’s celebrated in many Latin American countries.  Below is a website that provides more information on this yearly tradition.            https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/dia-de-los-muertos/

An “ofrenda” or offering will be placed on the 3rd floor by the Spanish room and you are welcome to stop by and see it (Oct 31- Nov 3).  The “ofrenda” will represent elements necessary for life on Earth, different types of food, and pictures of deceased family members.  If you’d like, please send a picture of a loved one who has passed away OR send a picture of a famous philosopher, singer, actor, astronomer etc. so that it’s placed on the “ofrenda.”

Here is a breakdown for each grade of the art activities that will take place during this cultural lesson. (Some supplies may be requested from the students.)

Grade

 

K

Sugar skull mask, paper sombrero crowns, paper flower cempasuchil (marigold) crowns

1

Day of the Dead - Día de los Muertos - Triptychs Day of the Dead - Día de los Muertos - TriptychsPaper Triptychs

 

 

2

Paper skeletons (Names in cursive will be the skeleton body)

3

Day of the Dead craftivity Day of the Dead craftivity

 

 

4

Mini 2-D, 3-D ‘ofrenda’

5

Day of the Dead Glyph

6

Pasta skeletons (supplies will include different shapes/colored pasta and black cardstock )

7

Build and put together the school’s ‘ofrenda’ for parents, staff, and students to see. (ONLY 7th)

8

Sugar skull decorating FIESTA (some supplies will include granulated sugar, meringue powder, food coloring, colored foil paper, sequins, feathers, and icing)

Many students are excited about this project and I hope that your child is able to participate.  Learning about culture helps us understand other people’s perspectives, patterns of behavior, and contributions to the world at large.  If you are not comfortable with your child participating in this cultural lesson, please send me an email at htorres20@cps.edu with your child’s name and grade.  An alternative assignment will be provided. 

 

Image result for dia de muertos Image result for dia de muertosPlease send pictures with your child before October 27 or drop them in my mailbox with a name and grade for a safe return.

                                                                                                                                             

Thank you very much!

Ms. Torres

 

 

P.S. Don’t forget to stop by and see the OFRENDA in person.  Last year our OFRENDA was highlighted on channel 66 UNIVISION.  It is the first picture on the webpage below.

http://www.univision.com/chicago/wgbo/estilo-de-vida/dia-de-muertos/altares-de-muerto-una-tradicion-muy-viva-en-chicago-fotos

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          Welcome back students, parents, and new Lenart Families! Hopefully everyone enjoyed their summer and spent a lot of family quality time.   We are on our second year of Spanish at Lenart and excited about what this school year will be about.  The goal for this enrichment program is  to help students become proficient speakers of Spanish and to have a better understanding and appreciation of other cultures where the language is spoken.  With hard work and dedication, students can become more successful in high school, in college,  in career, and in life! Let's learn español!

 

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