A Collection of Day of the Dead Songs

A Collection of Day of the Dead Songs

Inside: The best Day of the Dead Songs, or canciones para Día de Muertos. 

 

With Día de Muertos drawing near, I’ve pulled together a variety of songs to use at home or in the classroom and add this link to my Spanish songs for kids page. These songs may be fun to sing, and the images are a great springboard for discussions about the holiday.

If you’re looking for an entire collections of resources and ideas for Day of the Dead, check out my Día de Muertos activities post as well! I’ve gots lots of links to free resources and ideas for celebrating or teaching traditions. 

 

Day of the Dead Songs for Kids

 

We’ll start off with some options for a younger crowd! These are a mix of traditional songs, and learners songs designed to teach about the holiday.

(Honestly, I am not sure how much I would show with really young kids. It seems like it would be hard to share without lots of English to explain what we are watching, and that some families might be uncomfortable with the graveyard images. However, you know your class and context! I am sharing these so you know your options, and can plan accordingly!)

 

Los Esqueletos – Chumbala

 

I like this one for the very clear singing voice, and the graphics are sweet too. (It works in telling time too, by describing what they do the night of Día de Muertos.) Though it portrays the calaveras in a whimsical way, the graveyard backyard might be scary. 

 

Las Calaveras – Chumbala

 

Another version of Chumbala, with slight different lyrics. 

 

 

Día de los Muertos

 

This song from Rockalingua is an introduction to Día de Muertos — the date, location, activities, etc. The music slogs a little, but still comprehensible and the graphics are useful when working with kids. 

 

El Día de Los Muertos

 

Another comprehensible Day of the Dead song for introducing what the day is about, the graphics here are also helpful for teaching. I didn’t love the music itself, and feel like it doesn’t coincide with the cultural context of the holiday. 

 

Tumbas Por Aquí Tumbas Por Allá

 

This one is a littler creepier, and sort’ve falls under the Halloween category too. 

 

 

Recuérdame – Coco

 

How could I not include music from Coco? Here are two different version, both of which includes scenes from the movie. 

 

Day of the Dead Songs for Teens or Adults

 

Here are some options for older students or adults as well!

 

Calaverita – La Santa Cecilia

 

This is a Day of the Dead classic: a lively song with a comprehensible chorus. Kara Jacobs has some fantastic resources that go with this song too! Just a heads up that Donald Trump appears briefly in one scene– this was before he was elected president, but it may feel political for some.

 

Recuérdame – Natalia Lafourcade

 

I love this re-mix of Recuérdame from Natala Lafourcade. It includes scenes from Coco, mixed in with scenes of Lafourcade singing and Day of the Dead contexts. Really lovely, folksy version that includes lyrics. 

 

La Llorona – Natalia Lafourcade

 

A traditional Mexican folk song, this is not exactly a Day of the Dead song, but it fits in with themes of death, and the afterlife. This story is difficult for me to hear or teach (rooted in a story of a jilted woman who drowns her children and then forever after haunts her former lover and weeps for her children), so be aware of that if you use this. 

 

 

Cumbia de los Muertos – Ozomatli

 

In a totally different musical genre, here’s a cumbia twist on Día de Muertos with some reggae thrown in. It also includes an English portion. (I’ve included two version below.)

 

 

 

Day of the Dead Songs

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Happy Birthday Songs in Spanish

Happy Birthday Songs in Spanish

Inside: Different versions Happy Birthday songs in Spanish, on YouTube.

In English, the song Happy Birthday is a staple at any birthday celebration– and wherever you go, it will basically sound the same. In Spanish, however, there are different versions, and they vary by country as well.

Here in Peru, for example, you’d better be prepared if you’re the cumpleañero! You’ll be sung at least three different songs, including Happy Birthday in English, before you get to blow those candles out. Though you say feliz cumpleaños to directly wish someone a Happy Birthday in Spanish, the words get switched to cumpleaños feliz in most cases, to fit the cadence of the song.

 

I’ll share several ways to sing to someone on their birthday, and you can pick your favorite. I wish there were a good version with lyrics on YouTube to recommend for free, but the pickings are slim. If you have more suggestions, let me know in the comments below for sure. 

If you are a classroom teacher, and would like to have quick, nice version with lyrics for your students to follow, you may want to look into this $5 version from Minute by Minute Spanish, which includes several regional options. 

 

If you prefer just to sing without music, here are the lyrics to some simple versions:



Cumpleaños, feliz,

Cumpleaños, feliz,
Cumpleaños feliiiiz,
Cumpleaños feliz.


Cumpleaños feliz
Te deseamos a ti
Que los cumplas feliz
Cumpleaños feliz



Cumpleaños, feliz,

Cumpleaños, feliz,
Te deseamos todos,
Cumpleaños feliz.


 

Happy Birthday Songs in Spanish

 

Let’s get started on our tour of Feliz Cumpleaños songs in YouTube, with option for kids to adults!

 

1. Cumpleaños Feliz with Lyrics

 

*Update!!* An awesome reader just sent me this link, which actually does show the lyrics during the song. WIN!

Cumpleaños feliz,
Cumpleaños feliz,
Te deseamos todos,
Cumpleaños feliz.

 

2. Cumpleaños Feliz – Canción Infantil

This one has a nice audio of children singing, though the images are a bit outdated!

Cumpleaños feliz,
Te deseamos a ti, 
Que los cumplas felices,
Cumpleaños feliz. 

 

3. Happy Birthday – Spanish Version

 

A slower version, sung by adults. Here are the lyrics:

Cumpleaños feliz,
Te deseamos a ti, 
Que los cumplas en tu día,
Que los cumplas feliz. 

 

 

4. Cumpleaños Feliz en Español

 

The graphics and lyrics are great in this version, though the audio is a little hard to sing along to.

Cumpleaños feliz,
Cumpleaños feliz,
Te deseamos todos,
Cumpleaños feliz.

 

5. Las Mañanitas

 

Work in some beautiful, cultural music with Las Mañanitas, traditionally sung on birthdays in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking places. 

 

And with lyrics:

6. Cumpleaños Feliz – Kids Songs

 

This one *does* show the lyrics, but unfortunately also show wine on the table! You may still want to use the audio, so here are the lyrics:

Cumpleaños feliz,
Cumpleaños feliz,
Te deseamos todos,
Cumpleaños feliz.

 

7. Festeja Tu Cumpleaños

 

Another version that sings Que los cumplas feliz, mixed in with an original version from Plim Plim.

 

8. Cumpleaños Feliz – Tambor Urbano

 

 

9. Feliz Cumpleaños

 

An original mix from Toobys. If you introducing vocabulary related to birthday, it includes words like pastel, globos, velitas, regalos, etc. 

 

10. Rompe La Piñata – Dale, Dale, Dale

 

You could also include traditional songs that are sung for the piñata part of a birthday party.

 

 

 

And just for fun– a bonus video poking fun and how long it take to sing all the songs in most countries! Maybe not for class, but a funny watch:

 

 

Do you know of any good Happy Birthday songs in Spanish that I missed? Let me know in the comments!

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Hispanic Heritage Month Photo Challenge & IG Story Templates

Hispanic Heritage Month Photo Challenge & IG Story Templates

Inside: Free Instagram story templates in Spanish and photo challenge. 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates Americans with Hispanic roots. I like teaching about the famous ones, sure. 

But what I really love is honoring the everyday people, with their myriad of connections and roots in Spanish-speaking places. 

I’m from the U.S., technically without my own “Hispanic heritage.” When I married my Peruvian husband, our cultures began to blend of course. Spanglish become our official home language; U2 and Maná shared equal space on the airwaves. He learned to love The Office and I learned that Karaoke was a legitimate date night option. 

What cemented it all was our first baby. My job changed from just embracing Latino culture to passing on Latino culture.

Both of my kids were born in the US, which meant that preserving their Hispanic heritage wouldn’t just happen by accident. And as much as their natural confidence, rhythm, and athletic ability are straight from their papi, I’ve been the one who checked bilingual books out from the library, made sure to put José Luis Orozco CDs in the van, and researched all the fingerplays and rhymes I could find. I think it’s just my personality, or the teacher in me– these things are always in the back of my mind!

Whether you have Hispanic roots, yourself, or are connected through teaching, children, partners, travel, or close friends, you probably can relate to this beautiful bicultural, bilingual mess of life. So I’m inviting you to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a fun Instagram challenge!

 

Instagram Challenge: #projectHHM

 

I wanted a fun way to keep HHM it in the spotlight and connect with our amazing online community. So, together with Allison from Mis Clases Locas and Frances from Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, we’re launching a fun Instagram Challenge TOMORROW, September 20! 

Each day you can follow the daily post challenge, and tag us with the hashtag #projectHHM. The challenge will run for 15 days. Here are the photo ideas- be creative and have fun!

 

If you want to use the IG Story Templates, grab them here:

I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! The intersection of Latino culture with U.S. culture is a rich one. I will be featuring a few photos here, throughout the next two months. Remember to use the hashtag so I can find you!

Right now, make sure to follow the three accounts that are hosting #projecHHM:

 

 

 

 

For extra fun, we will sharing Instagram story templates that go with each day’s theme, and help us get to know each other better. I will be uploading here each day, or you can watch our IG stories and screenshot from there. 

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

The Ultimate Guide to Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

Inside: A round-up of Hispanic Heritage Month activities and ideas.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th – October 15th, is the perfect chance to celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Americans and celebrate Hispanic culture in general.

There are a lot of materials out there! I’ve been scouring the internet for the best resources and fun ideas, and gathered them here. Let me know in the comment if I missed one of your favorites.  

Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

Hispanic Heritage

 

Easy & Fun Ideas

 

  • Don’t have time for a big project or event? Do something bite-sized every day. Work culture into your daily bellringer (song, poem, mini-biographies, fun facts, geography), put up a bulletin board with artifacts, quotes, or biographies in the background, or pull out your authentic books in Spanish for children. 

 

  • Assign a simple project about famous Hispanic Americans. Fun for Spanish Teachers describes a really good poster project that includes a QR code where students link to a voice recording. 

 

  • Create a school-wide event that features Latin food, music, traditional games, country-themed tables, or dancing. Consider doing a Taco Truck Day and/or an activity to contrast typical tacos in the U.S. with authentic tacos. 

 

  • Get the whole school involved throughout the month. Do trivia with prizes over the morning announcements, or have fun little games by the office or in the lunchroom (idea from the FB group Spanish Teachers in the U.S: “How many frijoles in the jar, flan flavor guessing contest, piñata on the last day, etc.”)

 

 

  • Coordinate with other teachers to emphasize Hispanic Heritage awareness. Talk with the art teacher about incorporating an artisan craft or studying a Hispanic artist. 

 

  • Invite community members to talk or share something culture (a dance lesson, cooking lesson, craft, childhood stories, etc.)

 

  • Use this month to teach Spanish-speaking countries and capitals. (A free game card set is available in the printable section below.)

 

 

#authres

 

There are lots of infographics, songs, and video clips you can use during Hispanic Heritage Month. Here are some ideas:

Credit: H&R Block

Credit: NBC News

 

Movies

 

This is the perfect time to show a movie that showcases Hispanic culture. Here’s where to find them!

Movies to show in class:

The Ultimate List of Movies for Spanish Class from Secondary Spanish Space (includes ratings, and a brief synopsis). 

G and PG Movies in Spanish from Spanish Mama

Movies for teachers/adults or need editing for class:

Movies from Spain on Netflix

Movies from Argentina on Netflix

Movies from Argentina on Netflix

movies set in Spain

COUNTRY DISPLAYS

 

Here are some ideas if you want to showcase Hispanic countries. Thank you to Alaid Zepol, from JLSimpson MS in Leesburg, VA for sharing pictures from their 2nd International Night!

 

Songs for Hispanic Heritage Month

 

Music is an excellent way to share language and culture at the same time. There are so many songs you could use this month! Check out my All-Time Classic Songs in Spanish, or Folk Songs in Spanish for Kids, or choose from the few I’ve featured below:

 

La Gozadera

Celebrate Latin American countries in this happy song. If the isn’t appropriate for your school, consider using a version that just features the lyrics. 

 

Guantanamera

Expose your students to one of the great classics in Spanish, by the legendary Celia Cruz.

 

La Bamba

La Bamba isn’t just one of the most famous songs in Spanish, it features a Chicano artist who bridged Mexico and the US.

 

De Colores

A traditional song for children, De Colores is a beautiful and classic Hispanic song that can be enjoyed by all ages. 

 

 

 

Hispanic Heritage Crafts & Culture 

 

nazca-lines-craft

Do a Nazca Lines Project from Peru 

Mexican Folk Art Paintings from Kid World Citizen 

Create a Mola from Panama from Kid World Citizen 

Create a Diego Rivera Mural from Kid World Citizen

Learn About Weaving from Guatemala from Kid World Citizen

Make a Paper Arpillera from Mundo de Pepita 

Make Guatemalan Worry Dolls with DTWTMSE

 

Hispanic Heritage Printables & Lessons

 

Teaching for Change information, quiz, and resources.

Lessons, activities, printables, and quizzes from the NEA: Grades K-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.    

Grab a free poster at Speaking Latino.

Hispanic countries and capitals game

Download my free card games for Spanish-speaking countries and capitals

Who are Latinos? lesson from PBS, for grades 4-12. 

Interactive lesson from PBS on “Latinos Share Their Experiences

14 Things Latinos Gave to the US. This would be a great source for trivia!

Instagram Tourist Accounts by Country from Spanish Plans. 

 Credit: @COLOMBIA

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Videos

 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Google Arts:

 

How Pitbull’s Cuban-American family came to the U.S:

 

Hispanic Heritage Month from young Disney Stars:

 

Kids Talk About Hispanic Heritage Month (in English):

 

Latino Learning Modules (explains the terms Hispanic, Latino, and Chicano):

 

HBO’s the Latin Explosion is not available full-length on YouTube, though clips are available by artist. This preview might be a fun intro to Latino music in the US, as a way to kick off the month or music study. If you buy the full-length video, preview (especially for drug mentions.)

 

Video in English, mostly text:

 

 

 

Recommended TpT Elementary Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended TpT Upper School Resources

 

 

 

 

 

Credit: @Sra. Roca- Mi tiendita hispana

Famous Faces Collaborative Poster

 

Food and Recipes

 

Pico de Gallo Receta from Mundo de Pepita

 

 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Activities 

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Día de Muertos Bulletin Boards and Displays

Día de Muertos Bulletin Boards and Displays

Inside: Bulletin boards, ofrends, and Day of the Dead decorations in Spanish Classrooms. 

 

Decorations for Día de Muertos are a welcome alternative to the chile peppers and sombreros we often see in Spanish classroom decor. Many teachers embrace the holiday as more deeply rooted in Latino traditions than Cinco de Mayo, for example. Though Day of the Dead isn’t celebrated in every part of the Spanish-speaking world, it is widely celebrated across Latin America and a good way to bring culture into the classroom. 

As with any religious holidays, Day of the Dead has to be handled with care. It’s an interesting chance to explore religious traditions and compare/contrast with Halloween here in the U.S. (If you are looking for classroom ideas, check out my post on Día de los muertos activities!)

If you have students who have recently experience loss, you may need to tread carefully. Some teachers use the day as it was intended, and intentionally create a space for grieving students to reach out and remember their loved ones. 

The teacher below did just that, to remember a student in her own school community. “Altar de muertos dedicado a uno de los estudiantes que perdió la vida en un accidente el año pasado.” 

 

Credit: Alicia Chávez Bartlett

 

You know your own students and community best, but it’s sometimes helpful to see what others are doing. 

If YOU have pictures of Day of the Dead decorations, bulletin boards, or ofrenda you’d like featured, please send me an email or message and let me know!

 

Día de Muertos Bulletin Boards and Displays

 

We’ll start off with bulletin boards and displays that teachers set up to share about the holiday. 

Credit: Diana García

Credit: Taina García 
Twitter: @tgarciaspanish

Credit: Itzel Cedillo

Credit: Tania Dee

 

Día de Muertos Ofrenda Projects

 

Many teachers assign making ofrenda as a project. Several Spanish teachers shared the gorgeous work their students created, and I love seeing their creativity. 

Credit: Allysen Clancy
Twitter: @LamphereSpanish, #wearelamphere

Credit: Anne Baker

Credit: Kimberly Perez
School: Cypress Park High School

 

Día de Muertos Celebrations

 

Credit: Claudia Di Crosta

Claudia shared these pictures of the celebration she’s organized at her school. She says, 

“We decorate the room with all different projects my students make, and we create a life size altar on the stage where the students and staff can display the pictures of their loved ones. Then we have a fiesta, our baking students bake/decorate skull shaped cookies and Día de los Muertos bread, our culinary students make us rice and pulled chicken and then we eat, dance, and share stories about our deceased loved ones. We have been featured in our local newspaper the past 3 years.”

Amazing way to put the spotlight on world language programs, right?

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Ideas Para Día de la Madre in Spanish Class

Ideas Para Día de la Madre in Spanish Class

Inside: A collection of ideas para Día de la Madre. 

 

Mother’s day is a big deal around the world, and a huge deal in Latin America. Whether you’re a dad hoping for some ideas, or a Spanish teachers looking for activities to do in class, I’ve found lots of fun ideas to celebrate moms/mamis/abuelas this year. 

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Ideas Para Día de la Madre

dia de la madre

Books / Libros

 

Easy & Fun Ideas

 

 

  • Make cards! Make acrostic poems from the letters in “MAMA” or use one of the freebies below!

 

Día de la Madre Cards in Spanish

 

Tarjetitas para ‘El Día de la Madre” from Fun for Spanish Teachers

Gorgeous printable cards for Día de la Madre from Spanish Playground

List of Phrases for Mother’s Day in Spanish from Spanish Playground

Regalos para Día de la Madre

 

 

 

 Songs/Canciones and Videos

 

Mamá te quiero mucho – Mother’s Day Song in Spanish 

 

 

Mamá yo quiero

 

 

Mami

 

La canción del Día de la Madre – Song for Mother’s Day

 

 

¿Dónde está mamita linda?

 

 

El día de la madre – La Colmena Feliz

 

 

Día de la Madre en Juarez, Mexico

 

Ideas para Día de la Madre 

 

What other ideas do you love for celebrating Mother’s Day in Spanish? Let me know in the comments below!

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