Mexico

Mexico

Welcome to this learning block, all about Mexico! You can choose to discover all about Tenochtitlan, the lost Aztec Capital, learn some Spanish and explore the traditions behind Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead. You could also choose to create your own Dia de los Muertos celebration with decorations, facepaint and your own altar, before settling down with a film!

There are several videos to choose from about Mexico. Feel free to watch one, or all of them!

History of Mexico & Facts

Tenochtitlan: Lost Aztec Capital

Take a virtual field trip to mexico

Learn About Mexico City

Learn some Spanish With Carlos!

Carlos is the Spanish teacher at Omnis Education! If you liked his lesson, be sure to check out the Spanish learning blocks he’s created.

Now choose an Activity

Mapping Mexico 

Print out the map of Mexico.

Carefully colour and label the map.

Use this map to help you.

  • Label the two gulfs and the Pacific Ocean
  • Label the neighbouring countries
  • Label the Rio Grande river
  • Use a star to mark the capital of Mexico City
  • Mark four other major cities of your choice

Also print out the map of North America and label Mexico. Colour Mexico red. Colour and label the neighbouring countries.

Choose a Country Project

Dive deeper and learn more about Mexico.

If you’ve watched both videos, you probably know a lot already!

Decide whether you want to create a travel brochure, or do a country report for Mexico.

Save your project for your portfolio.

Day of the Dead Project

Start by watching the video above to learn what Dia de Los Muertos is, how it is celebrated, and how it is different from Halloween.

Next, we’re going to make some traditional decorations, an altar, and learn how to paint our faces!

Then, we’ll celebrate with a special movie night!

To make your Papel Picado you will need:

  • Printer paper (for your template)
  • Pencil or marker (to draw your template)
  • Many layers of coloured tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • String

First, draw a simple, symmetrical pattern on a piece of computer paper, like the pattern you see in the video.

Then, layer up your tissue paper and start cutting!

You can use the kind of tissue paper you buy for wrapping gifts to do this craft.

 

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Construction paper
  • Card
  • Sharpie
  • Skull template (you can draw this or find one to copy)

If you want to get really fancy, you can MAKE your own sugar skulls!

For this recipe you will need:

  • White sugar
  • Meringue powder
  • Cookie icing (you can buy or make this)
  • A skull shaped candy mold
  • Cardboard squares

Now learn from a master altar maker how and why to make your altar.

Things you might place on your altar:

  • Photographs of loved ones who have died
  • Favourite foods
  • Flowers
  • Sugar skulls
  • Candles

Learn how to do a simple sugar skull face paint.

Now you’re all ready for your Dia de Los Muertos party!

Watch Coco

Finish off your Dia de Los Muertos project by watching Coco! If you have Disney Plus, you’ll find it there. If not, you can rent it online or buy it!

Books About Mexico

Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library. 

Off we go to mexico Read Aloud

NOw Let’s Have some fun!