Mexican Holidays Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about five popular Mexican holidays. Students will read about each holiday in a text lesson, discuss and connect to content, then experience a Mexican holiday first-hand. Finish with a quiz to check understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the history and way of celebrating of the five Mexican holidays
  • explain why each of the holidays are celebrated


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson, Mexican Holidays: Traditions & Celebrations, one for each student
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Stapler
  • Chart paper
  • Paper plates
  • Skull template
  • Hole punch
  • String
  • Mexican music

Key Vocabulary

  • El Natalicio de Benito Juárez
  • Día de la Independencia
  • Grito de Dolores
  • Día de los Muertos
  • Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe
  • Cinco de Mayo

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

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