Mardi Gras in the Elementary Classroom


Mardi Gras in the Elementary Classroom

Hey, y'all! It's time to let the good times roll! The carnival season is upon us and Mardi Gras will be here in no time. But how do you teach your students about it? In the Gulf Coast states, Mardi Gras is a huge deal. But no matter where you are, it's easy to teach your students about the customs and traditions, too.

We start off the week with an introduction to Mardi Gras and a write the room activity to build vocabulary. If you're feeling super adventurous, you could even bring in a king cake to share with your class. Just be sure to let them know to look for the baby if there's one hiding.


Tuesday through Thursday, students visit a series of stations learning all about the traditions that go along with Mardi Gras and making things to go with it.

Students make a jester hat, a noise maker, a mask, and a necklace. They also read a book about Mardi Gras and make a cootie catcher.


On Friday, students make shoebox floats and put on their own parade. If you're short on shoeboxes or lids, you can always use milk cartons from the cafeteria. Just have your students hang onto them after lunch and rinse them out really well. (I personally prefer using milk cartons. They're smaller and use less stuff to decorate.)


Do you celebrate Mardi Gras where you live? What's your favorite way to celebrate? Let me know in the comments. You can grab a copy of this unit for yourself here. While you're there, be sure to follow me on TPT for all the latest resources, ideas, and freebies. 

Have a wonderful week and stay tuned for more fabulous resources coming soon!

Stay cozy,

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