My students visit Mexico twice a year in October for “El Dia de los Muertos” and again in May for “Cinco de Mayo”.
So Lucky 🍀 of course they need their passports. (Which I created for them for my “Art around the World” unit.
In May students learn that Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). I explain that in Mexico 🇲🇽 it’s a minor holiday but in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
In addition students make sombreros, Papel picado, and learn about one of my favorite Artist Frida Kahlo and yes I dress up like her. My students love all my costumes and I love giving them life long experiences. I also give them information about Diego Rivera. Students create self-portraits inspired my Frida as well as a collaborative mural inspired by Diego. 👩🏽🎨❤️🇲🇽🎨
I collect the Exit Tickets daily and write comments, then I give my students an Emoji sticker, stating how I feel they did on the lesson and place it in their mailbox. This is also a great way to collect data and your students will love it.
A fun modern innovative way for students to go when they are done with their projects and reflect on the lesson. Students go to the Exit Table and fill out their Tickets before leaving class. they can also play an Emoji memory game, Emoji Dice, Art Bingo, or Art Dice if they have extra time. My students absolutely LOVE the whole Emoji idea. On the wall I also have the history of Emoji’s and how they were created.
My goal is to give my students memorable experiences and not just teach lessons. I want them to learn about different cultures and develop an appreciation. My “Welcome to Japan” lesson is part of my “Art around the world unit. They will learn about Japanese Art, language, clothes, food, culture and traditions. Before they enter my class they need to present their passport. They will then be interviewed prior to entering and their passports will be stamped. They enjoy every minute. They are my Lil’ Samurai’s and I am “Sensei Perez”