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Link Activity

Unidad 2 Etapa 2 Había una vez…


In Había una vez…, you learned to narrate in the past, discuss family celebrations, and talk about activities in progress. What are some of the things that you celebrate in your family? Do you enjoy things like a special recipe, seeing relatives like your cousins, aunts, and uncles, and doing fun activities like going camping or hiking? Can you think of family stories associated with some of these celebrations?


Go to the links below to learn more about family and celebrations in Mexico. You might want to keep paper and pencil nearby to jot down whatever ideas and observations you have as you think about the following questions:

  • What are some of the things that make family celebrations memorable?
  • Piñatas are used in Mexico and throughout the Spanish-speaking world to exchange small surprises, like candy and small favors. Do you know of other ways to exchange these things?
  • Do you know people who celebrate wedding anniversaries? How do they celebrate them?
  • Pictures are a way of capturing meaningful moments in a celebration. Is there a moment that you can remember from a family celebration that you photographed?
  • What helps you remember family celebrations?

Feria de Chapultepec (English/Spanish)
Visit the Feria de Chapultepec and other parques de diversiones in Mexico.

Amscan (Spanish)
Find anything you could need for a family party

Piñatas (Spanish) arte/ posadas/ pinatas.html
Get a good overview of the history of the piñata, and see pictures of different styles.


Read the notes you took for your Exploración. Gather together photos and souvenirs from family celebrations that have been meaningful to you, like favors from a birthday or a wedding. Use a rectangular box to arrange them as in a diorama. You might number your photos and souvenirs and paste corresponding captions on the side. Show your montage to the class and narrate an incident from the celebration that you chose.