Inside: A round-up of classroom iresources for Spanish Easter traditions.
La Pascua– Easter in Spanish– is a big deal across the Spanish-speaking world, whose history is closely connected to the Catholic church. The month of Lent culminates in Semana Santa, which commemorates the last week in the life of Jesus. In Spain and many Latin American countries, Easter is a bigger deal than Christmas, with deeply rooted traditions.
I’ve included a mix of religious and non-religious activities. In my opinion, it’s important to acknowledge the religious roots because they makes sense of many cultural traditions. I think you can do this without pushing religious beliefs, but I’ve tried to include non-religious options if you have to be careful to stay secular.
Let’s not re-invent the wheel for ideas in the classroom! I’ve gathered some awesome resources, for all ages.
Here’s an overview of ideas for teaching about or celebrating Easter traditions in Spanish. As you scroll down, you’ll see the videos, links, and expanded resources you might want to use. This is just the condensed version:
- Learn about cascarones by making them, watching how-to videos, or seeing how they’re made and used throughout Latin America.
- Re-use those plastic eggs for a variety of activities! Do scrambled sentences inside, use for maracas, or make a matching activity.
- Read infographs and watch videos to learn about the cultural traditions surrounding Pascua. Compare/contrast traditions with those in the US.
- Tell or storyask a story based on Easter themes: cascarones gone wrong between friends, something Spring-based (mention that in South America seasons are reversed).
Printable vocabulary coloring sheet from Spanglish Baby:
Conejo Finger Puppets (scroll alllll the way down to the songs section to see the Conejito song!)
Conejo Finger Puppets Search from Spanish Playground
Conversation Questions from Spanish Playground
Semana Santa Coloring Pages (Religious)
There are lots of infographs you can use with Easter. These are fun to to prompt discussion and give the students a chance to see what they can understand from an authentic resource.
This is only a portion of the original infograph. See the original here.
Visit my Easter in Spanish board on Pinterest to find lots more realia!
Spanish Easter Traditions
The following videos are designed for Spanish learners who want to know more about traditions in Spain and Latin America.
An Interactive Video on Semana Santa
This one is so cool! You’ll learn all about foods and celebrations all over the Spanish-speaking, and the students get to pick which ones to study first.
Semana Santa, Spanish Easter
Procesiones y Semana Santa
Bilingual Intro to Holy Week
Activities with Eggs
Make cascarones! You can have your students paint them or color with markers, fill them with confetti, and maybe even take everyone outside to break them on each other.
Use plastic eggs to do this scrambled sentence activity from Señora Chase. The nice thing about this one is that you can tie the sentences into whatever theme/story/song you are working on, but it feels Easter-y/Spring-ish because of the eggs.
Use another version of scrambled sentences Totally Comprehensible Latin, with whole sentence strips inside the eggs. This is a dictation & listening activity that can be done in pairs. It takes a little work upfront, but then you only have to supervise once it get going!
5 Ways to Use Leftover Plastic Eggs from Secondary Spanish Space: lots of fun ideas here!
Make maracas from plastic eggs with this SUPER-EASY craft.
Videos on Cascarones
See how cascarones de huevos are prepared in a Mexican market.
How-to in Spanish:
How-to, as explained by a kid:
Videos On Alfombras
Las Alfombras en Honduras (introduced in English):
Detailed video of the Alfombras de Aserrín process:
Alfombras from Guatemala:
Semana Santa Resources
Make alfombras with DIY Sand Alfombras
Browse these photos of real-life Guateman alfombras.
Semana Santa vocab at a glance. (Visiting this site downloads an audio file– you can choose to block it.)
La semana santa en Guatemala from Estudia Feliz. This story includes preterite and imperfect as a teacher recounts her experience while traveling there, and she has more printable resources on her site.
Authentic Videos on Semana Santa
Here are authentic videos that introduce Semana Santa celebrations in different parts of the Spanish-speaking world.
Semana Santa in Peru
Semana Santa in Spain
Be aware that the outfits worn on these processions look like the KKK. The capes are meant to symbolize rising to heaven. You will definitely want to preview, and discuss with your classes before using them. (Good opportunity to discuss how culture shapes our reaction to images and symbols.)
Semana Santa in Guatemala
De Colores – A famous & traditional song that works well with spring vocabulary.
El Conejito Blanco: So cute, and non-religious for those who need that!
I would love to hear about your favorite resources too! Let me know in the comments what else you would add to the list.
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