At Barnesville’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, first graders shared what they have learned and made throughout their yearlong study of the history, geography, nature, and culture of Mexico.
This year’s celebration started with students guiding their parents on a virtual walk through the rainforest and desert of Mexico, informing them about some of the animals and plants they could encounter.
Mexican traditions were reflected in art projects parents could “purchase” using “Barnesville Pesos” in a traditional Mexican-style marketplace. The classroom fiesta also included food and songs students have learned to reinforce Spanish vocabulary. The day ended with a pinata.
“Our Cinco de Mayo celebration is a wonderful way to connect all of the different subject areas,” said First Grade Teacher Linda Birkholz. “There are obvious connections to Spanish, art, and music. But we also use math skills in our marketplace and science in our study of the geology and natural habitats found in Mexico.”
In addition to Cinco de Mayo, students have learned about other holidays, such as Day of the Dead, La Natividad, Three Kings Day. They discuss the importance of each and compare them to other holidays celebrated in America.