At the beginning of the month, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo in Spanish class. Each year, we highlight a different component of the holiday. Third graders learned about the Mexican flag and how it is an important part of the festivities for Cinco de Mayo. They had the opportunity to try their own "hand" at making a Mexican flag. The 4th graders were taught about mariachi music. We talked about the clothing of the band members, the instruments used and the idea behind mariachi. They made their own mariachi musician! The fifth graders learned about "papel picado" (an authentic Mexican decoration which translates to "punched paper" in English). The students watched a video of an authentic papel picado artist and discussed the origin of the art. In the pictures below you can see they made their own simplified version of Papel Picado. ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!