TEACHER ENRICHMENT INITIATIVES

Activity 1C: "In Memory Of..."

Explain to students that in celebrating "El Día de los Muertos" in the Hispanic culture, recognition is given to the occupation of the deceased individual by way of a calaca, a handmade "Day of the Dead" figurine, to honor the deceased. Students will design either a three-dimensional calaca, or a mask representing the individual (see "Dough Recipe Sheet"). When the dough is dry, add skeletal features with black magic marker. Students will present their models to the class explaining: which person the model represents, the occupation of the individual, and why the student chose this particular person.

Keywords: 

Culture, memorial, death, play dough, modeling dough, Calacas, art, Halloween, Venn diagram, clay model, El Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, Hispanic

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Activity Code: 
1C
Unit Reference: 
Give Your Bones A Break
Lesson Reference: 
Lesson 1: Cultural Representation of Skeletons and Bones