I’m sure that you’re all aware that this coming Sunday is Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May. This is an important day on the calendar in Mexico but in recent years Cinco de Mayo has become an excuse for a party in this country as well. I would be willing to be that the Spanish teachers in your school have been planning classroom activities for Cinco de Mayo for weeks. It’s a great way to introduce students to another culture, but what does it have to do with FACS, right?
Don’t miss out on a golden opportunity to add some fun and Mexican flair to your FACS lessons! It’s not too late to plan an impromptu FACS fiesta. Here are some FACS content connections to Cinco de Mayo.
Preparing Mexican food is one of the easiest and most appealing ways to get students in a festive mood. You’ll find lots of easy recipes for Mexican favorites on our Pinterest board Cinco de Mayo http://pinterest.com/FreshFACS/cinco-de-mayo/ Chiles Rellenos, Mole Sauce, Tamales or Guacamole would be excellent choices for a foods lab.
Researching, making or modeling Mexican apparel such as ponchos or sombreros would fit right in to a Textiles and Apparel curriculum. http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/articles/mexico/Mexican-Sombrero/1070
The piñata is the kids activity that is traditional to all Mexican celebrations. Making a piñata and discussing its history and cultural significance would be a fun activity for a Child Care class. I know that making a piñata usually takes several days, but here’s a quick method that will fit your impromptu FACS Fiesta perfectly. http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/mexico/simple_paper_bag_pinata.htm
Don’t forget the music for your FACS Fiesta! A quick search of YouTube will turn up lots of options. Just be sure to screen each video before using it in class!
Don’t be afraid to be spontaneous! Get the kids involved, pull together a few basic ingredients and a few craft materials and you’ll have yourselves a FACS Fiesta!!
Happy Cinco de Mayo to all my FACS Friends!