Last night, I went to the local market and purchased pan de muerto, sugar skulls, and marigolds.
These are all items used to create the ofrenda, an alter, honoring the loved ones who have passed away. Some of my Vietnamese students talked about how they have an alter in their homes honoring those who passed away.
These pictures are pictures of another first grade classroom's ofrenda. In the center is pan de muerto, sugar skulls, and food for the departed to enjoy when their spirits return for this special night.
Scholastic News also has an Interactive Whiteboard version about dia de los muertos for those who order the Spanish version of this magazine. Although, I do not order this for my class, I was able to access it using the code. Please check with Scholastic about this if you are interested.
I hope this lesson will provoke you to explore other traditions and cultures from around the world. What I liked about these lessons is that it showed death as something that is not scary but also it celebrated the traditions of others.