Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mexico: Christmas Around the World Across the Curriculum

Three Kings Day Curriculum:

We're continuing with our Christmas around the world unit and continuing to read Christmas Around the World by Mary Lankford.

Today, we learned how Christmas is celebrated in Mexico. We had a great time working with maps and exploring arts, crafts, cooking, and music that related to Christmas in Mexico.You can too!

Start your lesson using the portion of Christmas Around the World by Mary Lankford that covers Mexico. It has great information including tidbits on poinsettias and bunuelos--topics we used for cooking and crafts.

You can also watch this video from YouTube that shows scenes for Christmas in Mexico. Be sure to read the description below the video for more information about how Christmas is celebrated in Mexico. The video is from NorthPoleChristmas and is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHSxhW_1fkM.

Next make a few Chrismas crafts. Let your students paint their hands red to make the flowering part of a poinsetta. Here's ours!

Or you can find a picture of a poinsettia and ask students to color it using different shades of green and red color pencils.

Then we had some great fun in the kitchen--you can too-- where this student worked on his presentation skills to explain how to make bunuelos. You'll need a tortilla shell, butter, sugar, and colored sprinkles. It's so easy for kids. Here are his directions. As you'll hear at the end of the video, he hopes it gets lots of hits.

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