Honouring Loved Ones and Leaders

Elementary Spanish classes kicked off the month of November with a celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), an annual celebration largely originating in Mexico. Students in Grades 3 through 6 created ‘Ofrendas,’ or offerings, to honour pets and family members who have passed away. They also learned about traditional foods and symbols surrounding the celebration. Students in Grades 5 and 6 had the opportunity to connect their new learning with the animated film, Coco, in which a young boy journeys through the world of his ancestors on the Day of the Dead.

To honour late Latinx leaders, students in Grades 3 through 6 collaborated to create and assemble a large poster. The leader we chose for this project was none other than the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz.

Students across all age groups will continue to explore cultural themes in the upcoming weeks as we move into holiday traditions from around the Spanish-speaking world.

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