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Carnival Celebrations: Masks (Lesson Plans, Activities, and Background Information)

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Language Arts And English +7 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection comes from a set of lessons plans to introduce students to the culture of Puerto Rico by looking at customs and objects - specifically masks - connected to the annual celebration of Carnival. The lessons are split into four levels, covering grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. They were originally adapted from a set of activities that appeared in Our Story in History: A Puerto Rican Carnival, a website produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History - also shown in a link inside the collection, along with instructions for students to make their own masks. The lessons include objects from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the George Gustav Heye Center, and the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History.


Carnival Mask

National Museum of American History

Carnival Celebrations: Masks

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Máscara de Carnaval

National Museum of American History

Máscara de Carnaval

National Museum of American History

Make Your Own Carnival Mask

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access