Sunnyside Elementary

School of International Studies (East Side)
Connecting Cultures

Phone: (317) 964-4500 | Attendance: (317) 964-4505

El Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)< Go back

October 29th, 2014
Students in Ms. Wood’s sixth grade class along with students in Ms. Hunter’s first grade class at Sunnyside School of International Studies are busy learning about different cultures together.  Each grade level has a particular international focus and sixth grade delves into Asia.  Students read the book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and made paper cranes in Art class. They studied origami and became experts on how to make paper cranes. In preparation for the two classes to meet for “Reading Buddies” Ms. Hunter read a book about origami to her first graders, too.  When the two classes met the students discussed origami and then made origami dogs, hearts, and paper cranes.

So what’s next for these buddies?  El Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)!  This is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures.  The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.  It is celebrated on October 31st – November 2nd.  Many students at Sunnyside have roots in Mexico and will be able to share a bit about their culture with fellow students.  Mrs. Perry, a parent in Ms. Hunter’s class has volunteered to come in to talk to the reading buddies about the holiday and work on a few activities with them including creating a book about El Dia De Los Muertos and making paper flowers, which is a common tradition for this holiday.