If you are a teacher you are pretty excited to share this movie with your kids that I am hoping our Disney•Pixar Coco Lesson Plans help make your planning a little easier! The movie is finally out, and it is time to share with your kids, students, and friends!
In this lesson plan, the best “hook” that you are going to have to teach your kids about the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is going to be to show them the beautiful movie COCO. To keep students engaged I created an optional worksheet that they can fill out with general comprehension questions from the film. Pause the movie throughout viewing it to talk about it.
We created our Coco lesson plan so that you can teach students about the Day of the Dead and also incorporate this Oscar nominated movie into your lessons! Enjoy our free worksheet, and activity ideas to use in your classroom. If you loved our Inside Out Lesson Plan, which many of my teacher readers did, then this Coco lesson plan is going to be one that never expires!
Disney•Pixar Coco Lesson Plans
Watch Disney*Pixars Coco:
Watch the awesome movie that really teaches the deeper meaning of not only Dia de los Muertos, but remembering those we have lost. This movie should kick off your Disney•Pixar Coco Lesson Plans in your unit!
Use this Coco Worksheet while viewing the movie so that your kids have something to follow during the movie. Get your free Disney Pixar Coco worksheet from us today! Remember not to republish this anywhere (including social media). I know teachers like to share, but please drive other teachers to this post by sharing our link to our blog!
Post movie discussion questions:
What does the Day of the Dead mean to Miguel’s family?
How is the Day of the Dead different from Halloween? (Kids unfamiliar with this holiday will compare it to Halloween.)
Who are people in your family that you want to be able to remember?
Coco Snacks and Viewing Party:
Make watching the movie fun! Get popcorn and themed Coco items you or your student might own to bring to class that day! Although, we want this movie to be educational we also want it to be meaningful! I don’t have pictures of my class watching the movie yet, but I do have pictures of my kids!
Ask students to bring in a shoebox and picture of someone they know who is no longer living. To make this less of an emotional experience students can research famous people to create their alter.
During the movie, Miguel talks about who parents are who. He creates a family tree during the movie. hee if your kids can create their own family tree. You can share Miguel’s family tree.
Have students design their own family tree. There is also a great writing segment off this activity that you can have students do reflecting on their family. Get this free printable Family Tree worksheet from our friends at Disney.
Make a guitar:
How fun and cute would it be to talk about how music and family travel from generation to generation. Create these adorable guitar boxes with your students to celebrate Dia de los Muertos! Get the free printable guitar instructions here from our friends at Pixar/Disney.
Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” arrives on DVD/Blu-ray/4K Tuesday March 27, 2018.
This movie is about family, tradition, love, and remembrance! It is an amazing movie you won’t want to miss and you will want to take your family to see it this Thanksgiving!
Find a special 20 minute short prior to COCO called “Olaf’s Frozen Adventures.” Exclusively playing prior to COCO in theaters everywhere!