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Posted on Feb 14, 2015 in Culture Corner, French Lessons, Spanish Lessons

Mardi Gras & Carnaval Lesson & Activities for All Ages

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Seasonal Serendipity  Ready to party? Mardi Gras and Carnaval are just a few days away. The Cultural content is a must do in French & Spanish classes and the Fun Factor is sky high. Get French Mardi Gras Materials Here. Mardi Gras and Carnaval excite learners to keep going and stay in language classes, so go for it!

Super Secondary. Get your Pandora and Spotify channels primed! Mardi Gras and Carnaval music are the best for teens.

  • Break down and simplify the cultural meanings of Mardi Gras and Carnaval into understandable target language readings. Start with French Mardi Gras Gouin Series and Spanish Carnaval for Novices.
  • Conversational Questions & Answers: What do you want to see at Mardi Gras/Carnaval?  I want to see . . .
  • Spanish II Carnaval  simplified, non-fiction historical reading & activities
  • Compare and Contrast Hispanic Carnaval around the world: Spain and Venezuela, etc. Use a Venn Diagram
  • When you go video hunting for parades, be extra careful; some videos aren’t appropriate for the classroom setting.

Excellent Elementary

  • Congo Line! Dance in a congo line to New Orleans and Caribbean  Mardi Gras music
  • Teach Mardi Gras with our fun characters & an interactive play.
  • Mardi Gras Float Contest. Groups make a float with shoe boxes and art supplies.  Assign each group an appropriate theme: cartoons, animated movies, sports teams, Princess, Pirate

Pre School Party

  • Mardi Gras for Young Learners in English
  • Congo Line! Dance in a congo line to New Orleans and Caribbean  Mardi Gras music
  • Mardi Gras Pasta Necklaces- Die tubular pasta green, purple, and yellow. Students string them on yarn for their own Mardi Gras beads.

Have fun with Mardi Gras and Carnaval! Go to our BLOG for more Mardi Gras and Carnaval details.   See our youtube video collection.

Catherine & Diane



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