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Day of the Dead Activity Pack


Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that falls in November each year. It’s a day to remember the dead and welcome their spirits home for a night. It’s not a time to be sad, but instead, a time to remind us that life is a gift. Students will love learning about this special holiday with this fun no prep unit!

This unit includes reading passages to learn all about Day of the Dead and Mexico with questions and activities for students to color and connect.

This unit includes many interactive activities and learning opportunities for students including reading passages and activities about:

✔Day of the Dead

✔Symbols of Dia de Los Muertos

✔Day of the Dead Skull Flip Booklet (5-pages)

✔Vocabulary Posters

✔Spotlight on Vocabulary

✔Scan the QR code to watch two short videos on safeshare.tv


Plus it comes with reading passages and activities to learn all about Mexico:

✔All About Mexico

✔Favorite Mexican Dishes

✔Color the Flag of Mexico

✔Suitcase Organizer

✔Questions about Mexico

✔All About Mexico Fact and Opinion Sort 

There are three main activities:


Introduce the vocabulary words with the real-life photo posters included. You could post these posters around the classroom and have students travel around to define the words. These posters make a colorful bulletin board display in a snap!


Next, have students read the passages about Day of the Dead and all about Mexico. In centers, learning stations, or as partner work have students answer the comprehension questions and complete the suitcase organizer.


There are many activities for students to complete to show what they know:

✔Questions about Mexico

✔Suitcase Organizer

✔All about Mexico Fact and Opinion Sort

✔Spotlight on Vocabulary

✔Plus a 5-page Day of the Dead Skull Flip-up Book

I usually have them do one page of the flipbook at each center or station. They can use the articles as a reference source to help them complete the pages of the booklet. Lastly, they cut, color, and assemble the booklet. Flipbooks can be glued or stapled inside their interactive notebooks, file folder, or a 12x18 piece of construction paper folded like a book cover.

This is a Digital Download. No Physical Product will be shipped. 



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Once purchased, you will first receive an order confirmation email. Right after that, you receive a separate email with a link that you will click to download the zipped file. You will receive one or more PDF files.

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Where do I print my download?
For BEST RESULTS, print the posters on the premium brochure and flyer paper from Office Depot. Using this paper gives the posters a vibrant look that really makes the colors pop! Or send the file to a print shop. But don't worry about that if you need these quickly! Just print on regular paper on the best quality setting on your printer.

Having Printing Issues?  

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After downloading and installing Adobe Acrobat Reader:

  1. Open the PDF
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  3. Select Shrink oversized pages
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  5. Check the box: Print As Image
  6. Click Print