Several years ago, (when curriculum allowed for more flexibility), my second graders and I went on a year long "journey" to places all over the world. Our whole day was focused on wherever we happened to be. Math, reading, everything was related to our destination. We "traveled" to New Orleans and had a great time. We made masks, ate king cake, and even had our own parade around the school! We were having so much fun, I don't think they realized how much they were learning. I have former students who are now grown, come to visit and one of the first things they always say is "remember when we went to __"!
I loved this challenge. I have never been, in reality, to New Orleans. I am not sure I honestly would even like to go to Mardi Gras. But even so, I loved thinking about masks. Masks are fascinating to me. They are such beautiful works of art. So the first thing I did was, of course, Google Mardi Gras masks. After looking at several, I decided on a style to use - full face, fancy lady. I really wanted to use color, but just couldn't get it worked out how. So I kept it black and white, then mounted it on gold, green and purple paper.