My kids studied Mexico in 2nd grade, a unit that was filled with crafts and excitement, including a Mexico Day Party. One of the student’s mother who teaches Spanish at the high school, even participated by dressing up as Frida Kahlo to teach the kids Spanish. At the end of fifth grade, some kids still talked about Mexico Day. Apparently making guacamole was a highlight of their elementary school experience!
This collection of picture books is meant for all years of elementary school. I noticed that our 5th graders studied the Ancient Mayans.
10 Great Picture Books to Learn About Mexico
10. Rain Player by
This reads like a folk tale but it’s actually an original story set in Maya civilization. A drought has been foretold. Chac, the god of rain, is displeased when a boy, Pik, speaks disrespectfully. To earn the god’s favor, Pik must win pok-a-tok, sending a five-pound ball of rubber through stone hoops on a walled court. If Pik is defeated, he and his teammates will be turned into frogs. Pik appeals to the Jaguar, the Quetzal, and the sacred Cenote, who are all persuaded to join his team. Will Pik be able to make the rains fall? [picture book, ages 6 and up]