Pan de los Muertos

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Accompany instruction and the celebration of El Dia de los Muertos with a loaf of Pan de los Muertos. Here, scholars measure ingredients precisely to create tasty bread, write a remembrance for someone who has passed away, and take part in a grand conversation to honor those who are no longer with us.   

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Support class members currently experiencing grief; use the lesson as a positive approach to mourning a loved one
  • Visit the school library, or search on mobile learning devices to locate information about El Dia de los Muertos  
  • Send a letter to parents and guardians informing them of the topic and what they can do to heighten the learning experience at home 
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider classroom allergies prior to bringing in and ingesting food 
  • Coordinate with cafeteria personnel to allow space and time to bake the bread, or have a finished loaf ready to consume after the recipe demonstration 
  • Tread lightly during the discussion of death in case a pupil has recently lost a family member or close friend
Pros

  • The plan showcases actual images from the author's lesson for example and context purposes 
  • Discussion sparks reflection and an open dialogue about a topic that may prove difficult for some to address 
Cons

  • A hand-written recipe may cause difficulty in reading and understanding