One of the first signs of October are skeletons and skulls. They seem to suddenly appear everywhere you look – decorating yards and porches and storefronts, too. If you are looking for some great way to bring some fun skeleton activities for Spanish in your middle school or high school classroom, I have some wonderful ideas for you!
If you are looking for some great ideas for bringing calaveras and calacas into your classroom, be sure to keep reading. I have awesome ideas for readings, writing, listening, puzzles, and more. Plus I have some great decorating ideas that will have your classroom looking like you took a trip to Mexico to celebrate Día de los Muertos!
Skeleton Writing Activities
In this skeleton writing activity, students decorate their skeleton, adding hair, eye color, and clothing. Then, students write a description of their skeleton that includes physical descriptions, personality traits, and describing the clothing they have drawn!
This is a great craft and writing activity you can use with your students to celebrate the Day of the Dead or El Día de los Muertos as an alternative to Halloween!
Students choose from ten different options to build a skeleton! Choose from a plain skull or sugar skull designs to complete the skeleton. Students can color the skeleton before putting it together. Then, students write about their skeleton in a creative writing activity. They could also write about what they have learned about Día de los Muertos!
Sugar Skull Coloring Activities
This reading and glyph activity is a great way to include learning and coloring! This activity includes a reading in English about the influence and importance of two popular Day of the Dead images – calaveras and calacas!
These sugar skull coloring sheets are a great fast-finisher or low-stress option for your students. If you want a little more creativity, check out this activity to teach your students for them to draw and illustrate their own calaveras! Both of these activities turn into easy classroom displays to show off your students’ hard work!
If your students need a great way to practice their conjugation skills, I’ve got some skeleton puzzles to help with that, too. Your students can assemble their skeletons while working through regular and irregular verbs in preterite and present tenses. Check out the whole assortment of Skeleton Puzzles here!
In this skeleton listening activity, students show comprehension by drawing what they understand in the target language! Students illustrate the meaning of each sentence they hear, including colors!
Need another listening option? Check out this activity to go with the song Chumba la Cachumba (linked above)!