Third graders studied Days of the Dead. We read the book Day of the Dead by Tony Johnston and discussed how this is a time of celebration in the Mexican culture. According to tradition, it is believed that the souls of departed children return on November 1 and the souls of the adults visit on November 2. It is a time to honor the dead and it is a very important Mexican holiday.
We also discussed what the symbol of the skeleton means to those who celebrate Days of the Dead and how it is different than our own ideas of a skeleton. It also was an honor to hear from some of our own Randall students who celebrate Days of the Dead and what this time means to them.
Some students decided to create a celebratory skeleton in the spirit of Days of the Dead and others took this lesson very literal and created a skeleton to honor someone they know who has died.