Lesson Plan Title : Mexican Charades

Age Range: Grade 3 through grade 5 (Elementary)

Overview and Purpose: Students use their acting skills to try to have their teammates understand which symbol they are acting out in this game of Mexican charades.

Objective: The student will be able to act out traditional elements of Cinco de Mayo.


Index cards with different symbols of Cinco de Mayo written on them


Divide the students into teams. Have them take turns drawing a card and then acting out the symbol on the card for their team. If their team guesses correctly, then they receive a point. If they guess incorrectly, then the other teams have a chance to guess. Examples of things that can be written on the cards are Mexican hat dance, maracas, and pinatas.

Wrap Up:

This game can be used to review a unit on Mexico or to introduce it. After you have used the game with the class, a memory game for a center can be made by combining two sets of identical cards.