Hands-On Learning Materials

The Consortium’s Outreach Program offers several exhibits and culture boxes that are available for teachers to borrow.DoD Sandhoke Early College - sugar skull

Day of the Dead Exhibits

During the Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, families pay respect to their departed loved ones, whose spirits are believed to return on this day. Offerings of marigolds, candles, sugar skulls, fruit, and pan de muerto are placed on an alter around the deceased’s grave. Families may also put photographs and their loved one’s favorite food on the alter. The day is spent eating, drinking, and celebrating those who have passed. The Day of the Dead is held November 1, but alters may be constructed and visited before or after, typically between October 38 and November 4.

Request a Day of the Dead exhibit for your school or organization.

The sugar skull above and the alter below on the left were created by students at SandHoke Early College High School in Raeford, North Carolina. The alter on the right was made by students at E.K. Powe Elementary in Durham, North Carolina.

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Culture Boxes

How do the Maya of the Yucatan Peninsula clean their pots and pans? What clothes do Mixtec women wear? Do Zapotec children play the same kinds of games as children from the U.S.?

Students can explore these questions and others by using one of our culture boxes. Each box contains items from Mesoamerican cultures that are commonly used in everyday life, along with brief descriptions about the use or meaning of each item. Students are encouraged to guess what each item represents and what it is used for.

See our Culture Box Guidelines and an example of a Culture Box.

Request a Culture Box for your school or organization.

Available Culture Boxes:

Maya

Mixtec

Nahuatl

Yucatec

Zapotec

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