[Surfnetkids: 20 Oct 2010] Day of the Dead

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#1. October 20, 2010

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Last weekend, I was honored to be an attendee at the small (can I use the word boutique?) woman’s blogging conference, Creative Alliance ’10, in Ojai. There I met a yurt full of wonderful women who have integrated blogging into the thread of their lives.

But there are two specific projects (and the women making them happen) that I want to tell you about today. Both involve what I am calling “shining a light on women’s voices” by taking blogging off the little screen, and putting in it in an entirely different media, thereby amplifying the effect.

Continue reading at my blog: http://www.barbarafeldman.com/womens-voices/

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Day of the Dead

by Barbara J. Feldman

Day of the Dead Printable (** for premium members only)

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated on two days, starting November 1. The focus of the joyous holiday is a celebration of the lives of dead family and friends. It a melding of the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day (November 1), All Souls Day (November 2) and indigenous festivals that date back thousands of years.

Azcentral.com: Day of the Dead
“More than 500 years ago, when the Spanish Conquistadors landed in what is now Mexico, they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death. It was a ritual the indigenous people had been practicing at least 3,000 years.” In addition to a calendar of Arizona events celebrating the Day of the Dead, Azcentral.com features the history of the holiday, dozens of craft ideas, a glossary, and lots of recipes. But the best click is the Students and Teachers section that includes a printable handout with coloring pages, a word search puzzle, craft templates, and lesson plans.

Day of the Dead in Mexico
“Day of the Dead in Mexico represents a mixture of Christian devotion and Pre-Hispanic traditions and beliefs. As a result of this mixture, the celebration comes to life as an unique Mexican tradition including an altar and offerings dedicated to the deceased.” Photographer Mary J. Andrade has been capturing Day of the Dead celebrations throughout Mexico since 1987. This site showcases her books and photography with a gallery organized by city (such as Tlaxcala and Veracruz) and subject (such as altars, toys, and parade of the children.)

Kinderart: Day of the Dead Calavera Skull Masks
This beautiful skull mask art project (the Spanish word for skull is “calavera”) was designed by teaching artist Anitra Redlefsen. The downloadable templates come in two flavors: one with a design in black and white, ready to be colored, the other a blank mask, ready for your own design. Be sure to also check out Ms. Redlefsen’s site, where she has another Day of the Dead art project called Day of the Dead Marigold Sculpture, and the link listed under Resources, which houses lots of Day of the Dead PowerPoints for classroom or after-school club.

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#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …

Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:
Day of the Dead Printable
Day of the Dead Wikipedia Printable
Cinco de Mayo Printable
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#4. Related Games

Mexican Flag Jigsaw

Day of the Dead Pictures

Mexico Coloring Pages

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#6. Quote of the Week

“Does thou love life? Then do not squander time, for thats the stuff life is made of.” ~~ Benjamin Franklin ~~ (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) American statesmen, author, printer, satirist. Click here for more life quotes.

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