History of the Day of the Dead: Engaging Presentation & Trivia Game



Teach your students about the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos in Spanish). This Day of the Dead Google Slides presentation and trivia teaches students about the Mesoamerican and Spanish origins of this joyful festival.

As a busy and dedicated teacher, it can be difficult to create a quality lesson in a short period of time. Have no worries, this presentation and trivia is not only useful and relevant but also a lot of fun! This a great way to learn about the history of the Day of the Dead from its origins in Mesoamerica to its influences in Spain. This Google Slides presentation and trivia will also teach students about how revelers celebrate the Day of the Dead from the bread of the dead (pan de muerto), ofrendas, papel picados, and much more.

What makes this lesson even more exciting is the trivia at the end. It is fun and engaging. Students will go away laughing. All the content they learn on the first 30 informative slides will be tested in a fun trivia game. There are a total of 20 trivia questions.

This lesson doesn’t just work for history class… it works for EVERY class! Even though it is not a Spanish language class, it works great for Spanish students. It is in English but does have some Spanish words like ofrenda, pan de muerto, papel picados, calacas, calaveras, and more.

It is easy to use. All you have to do click on the linked file, hit “present,” then go! You could use each slide as a basis for further discussion and instruction as well.

This lesson is also great for the physical classroom or distance learning. If in the classroom, just present to the students and do the trivia as a class. If distance learning, send the link to students and they can learn the content and try to answer the questions on their devices.

How to Use 

  1. Click on the link
  2. Hit the “present” button in the top right-hand corner
  3. View and present slides (this teaches about the history of the Day of the Dead)
  4. Trivia questions are at the end of the presentation; students select the answer (It’s really fun and includes sounds!)
  5. If students get the answer incorrect, press the back button and go back to the question
  6. If they get the answer correct, press the next button and go to the next question


Also, if you lose your place or want to play again, there is a button in the lower right corner that will take you back to the beginning of the game. If you don’t like the sounds (which you will because they are great!), you can just turn down the volume on your computer.

You can do this as a class, or put the students in small groups, or students can do it individually in the classroom or at home.

Click HERE to see a video preview of this resource.

Additional information

Grade Level

7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Resource Types

PowerPoints, Google Slides


History of Everything, Festivals


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