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Altar for El Dia de Los Muertos: 25 Computers

Altar for El Dia de Los Muertos: 25 Computers

Author: Maria Perez

Objective of the lesson:

The objective of this lesson is for the students to learn about the celebration of El Dia de Los Muertos and about creating an "Altar" to honor their loved ones that have passed away. Students will learn what an altar signifies in the celebration. What objects, levels and significance of each means when creating the altar. Students will create their own altar using PPT, Prezi, Imovie, MentorMob or any other type of tool they wish to use. Students also have the option of creating a poster using pictures, objects and history to describe their altar.


This is a 4 day Lesson Plan.


Content Standards Addressed:

Foreign Languages


Stage 1

1.0 Students acquire information, recognize distinctive viewpoints, and further their knowledge of other disciplines.


Stage III

3.0 Students acquire information, recognize distinctive viewpoints, and further their knowledge of other disciplines.

3.1 Students address concrete and factual topics related to the immediate and external environment, including:

a. Social norms

b. Historical and cultural figures, stereotypes

c. Animals and their habitats

d. Community issues, current events

e. Origins of rites of passage, social and regional customs

f. Environmental concerns

g. Media, Internet, television, radio, film

h. Cultural, historical, and geographic aspects of travel

i. Curricular and extracurricular subjects

j. Significant historical events

k. Careers and future plans

l. Nutrition, fitness, and health

m. Geographically and culturally appropriate clothing

n. Cultural differences in health care

o. Effects of technology on the modern world



Stage I

1.0 Students use formulaic language (learned words, signs [ASL], and phrases).

1.1 Engage in oral, written, or signed (ASL) conversations.

1.2 Interpret written, spoken, or signed (ASL) language.

1.3 Present to an audience of listeners, readers, or ASL viewers.



Stage I

1.0 Students use appropriate responses to rehearsed cultural situations.

1.1 Associate products, practices, and perspectives with the target culture.

1.2 Recognize similarities and differences in the target cultures and between students’ own cultures.

1.3 Identify cultural borrowing



Lesson Plan:

Day 1

Students will first watch a You Tube video about creating an "Altar" to honor loved ones for El Dia de Los Muertos. The video will be projected onto a screen. After watching the video, the class will discuss and collaborate on which objects and on how they will decorate their altar for El Dia de Los Muertos.

Day 2

Students will come back the next day and the class as a whole will discuss what an altar means. Students will have an opportunity to ask me questions regarding what, where and how for the objects on the altar. Students will then go to a computer to research the meaning of the objects for their altar. Students will spend the remaining of the class making their altar on the computer using PPT or they will also have the chance to print out pictures and information and put it on a poster if they prefer. Students can take the printed information home and complete their poster at home. There are 25 students. There are 25 computers. Each student will have the opportunity to use a computer.

25 Computers

25 Students

The last 10 minutes will be spent bringing their research, pictures, and ideas together to create the PPT or poster for their Altar for El Dia de Los Muertos.


Day 3 & Day 4

The entire class will spend their first 10 minutes of class finishing up the final touches for their projects. After, each student will have the opportunity to present their PPT or poster to the class. Each student will have an opportunity to go to the front of the class and talk about their presentation. The students will tell us what El Dia de Los Muertos means to them and who the person who passed away was and what that person meant to them. The class will have the opportunity to email their feedback comments for the student to read after the student presents.





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Dia de los Muertos - The Altars .

Video teaches the significance of an altar for El Dia de Los Muertos.

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