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1) Calle Principal: Mi México en Los Ángeles (Grades K-3)
CA State Standards covered: History and Social Science, Visual Arts, Language Arts

Travel back in time with us to the 1920s. Through inquiry-based activities and interactive explorations, students are encouraged to explore the presence of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the 1920s, compare the past and present, and share their own family history and stories. This exhibition allows students to explore the forces that shaped ideas about identity and community in Los Angeles.

2) LA Starts Here! (Grades 4-12)
CA State Standards covered: History and Social Science, Visual Arts, Language Arts

Through inquiry and object-based teaching, students explore the city’s origins from the Tongva presence through the Chicano movement, while learning about Mexican and Mexican-American contributions in Los Angeles. Personal narratives, photographs, and artifacts encourage students to think critically about the shaping of cultural and national identity while reflecting on their own personal connections to history.

3) Edible Teaching Garden & Culinary Arts Program (Grades K-12)
CA State Standards covered: History and Social Science, Visual Arts, Math, Science, Language Arts

From garden to table, the Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary Arts Program explores urban gardening, sustainability, and healthy vegan recipes inspired by Mexican and Mexican-American cuisine. These sessions interweave history, science, and nutrition. Sessions for each component of this program are separated into Culinary Art Workshops and Edible Teaching Garden Workshops, each offered at different times and dates.

K- 3 GRADE VIRTUAL TOURS

• Culinary Arts – Pico de Gallo: Food Travels Around the World
Let’s use our five senses to explore staple ingredients in Mexican cooking! Students will explore fresh ingredients used in a Pico de Gallo Salsa while learning basic cooking techniques and kitchen safety.

Workshop: Students will learn how ingredients travel around the world, use Spanish vocabulary to identify key ingredients, and write easy step-by-step instructions by following a cooking procedure.

Classroom Resources: Pico de Gallo
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 1pm.

• Fiestas – Lotería (only offered on December 13, 2021)
Who doesn’t love a game of Lotería? Students will explore the history, tradition, and cultural influence of Lotería.

Workshop: Students will follow along and learn how to make their own Lotería playing set inspired by holiday foods and traditions.

Classroom Resources: Lotería (English) | Lotería (Spanish)
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 10am.

4- 6 GRADE VIRTUAL TOURS

• LA Starts Here! – Pío de Jesús Pico
What clues does a portrait of a person tell us about life in the past? What stories does a portrait hide? Students will put on their investigative glasses to examine how pictures and portraits leave historical clues. By looking closely at photograph portraits of Pío de Jesús Pico, the last Mexican Governor of Alta California, students will learn about three phases of California history through the life of one historical figure.

Workshop: Take a close look at the portraits of Pío Jesús Pico, what can they tell us about who he was? Students will participate in a guided visual analysis of photographs and will learn how to create their own self-portraits including objects and images to represent who they are.

Classroom Resources: Pío de Jesús Pico
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Tuesday, December 8, 2021 at 1pm.

• Fiestas – Lotería (only offered on December 13, 2021)
Who doesn’t love a game of Lotería? Students will explore the history, tradition, and cultural influence of Lotería.

Workshop: Students will follow along and learn how to make their own Lotería playing set inspired by holiday foods and traditions.

Classroom Resources: Lotería (English) | Lotería (Español)
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 10am.


7 – 8 GRADE VIRTUAL TOURS

• Culinary Arts – Healthy Tostadas: Sabores Nutritivos
Who harvests the foods we eat? Students will learn how food makes it way from farm fields to our plates. Students will explore a variety of ingredients that are healthy alternatives to fast food. Inspire students to cook for themselves with an easy-to-follow recipe while acknowledging the hands who harvest foods in the fields.

Workshop: Let´s get cooking! Students will explore a demonstration of a healthy Mexican-inspired tostada recipe. Students will identify nutritious ingredients and flavors in Mexican cooking, as well as understand the importance of nutritional values in food.

Classroom Resources: Healthy Tostadas
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 1pm.

• Edible Teaching Garden – Composting
What is compost and how is it used in gardening? Students will learn about regenerating the soil by composting organic resources. Students will explore the composting process and the key components of a healthy compost pile.

Workshop: Don’t throw it in the trash, save it for the compost pile! Students will learn about what materials can be composted, while observing a demonstration of how to build a healthy compost pile. Students will make a sample compost bin to use as a point of reference to use in healing the soil in their communities.

Classroom Resources: Composting
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 1pm.

• Fiestas – Poinsettia Flower Pencil (only offered on December 15, 2021)
Did you know that plants can be used to create color? Students will learn about the process of using plant matter as a natural dye while learning about the seasonal poinsettia plant!

Workshop: Did you know that the poinsettia plant’s bright red petals are actually leaves? Students will learn about the history and anatomy of the flor de nochebuena (poinsettia plant), while observing how to use the petals to dye corn husks.

Classroom Resources: Poinsettia Flower Pencil
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 10am.

9 – 12 GRADE VIRTUAL TOURS

• Edible Teaching Garden – Composting
How can composting help build healthy communities? Students will learn about regenerating the soil by composting organic resources. Together, students will discuss the composting process, the key components of a healthy compost pile, backyard composting, and different composting methods. Students will also learn about environmental pollution, aggressive conventional farming, deforestation, overgrazing, and urban sprawl.

Workshop: Soil for our communities! Students will observe a demonstration of how to build a healthy compost pile and will be encouraged to think about ways they can start a composting project in their home or school.

Classroom Resources: Composting
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 1pm.

• Culinary Arts – Chia: Ancestral Seed
Did you know chia seeds are a superfood long used by many Mesoamerican cultures for its nutritional value? Understand the history and importance of chia seeds as an ancestral food by learning its nutritional value and versatile use in recipes. Students will learn to identify the nutritional value in healthy drinks, such as aguas frescas, by exploring a variety of healthy fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Workshop: Agua fresca versus soda, it’s a battle of the beverages! Students will compare and contrast between natural sugars and processed sugars in beverage recipes, examine how liquids are measured by finding balance when preparing a drink recipe, and identify the history and geographical origins of ingredients used in a lime and chia agua fresca recipe.

Classroom Resources: Chia: Ancestral Seed
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 1pm.

• LA Starts Here! – Unconstitutional Deportation
During the Great Depression, the U.S. government established an “anti-Mexican” rhetoric that specifically targeted Mexican migrants and Mexican-American citizens. One of many tactics of discrimination was mass deportations, forcibility sending both Mexican migrants and American citizens of Mexican descent to Mexico. Fueling a fear among Mexican American communities, many other Mexicans and Mexican-Americans felt forced to uproot their homes and voluntarily leave. Students will learn about this period in history and will make connections between this event and contemporary politics and rhetoric concerning Mexican migrants.

Workshop: “They treated us like criminals.” Students will examine testimonies of survivors who were unconstitutionally deported during the Great Deportation. Students will examine political cartoons created during this period, as well as contemporary cartoons, while participating in a critical analysis of these images to understand their meaning, satire, and rhetoric.

Classroom Resources: Unconstitutional Deportation
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 1pm.

• Fiestas – Vegetarian Pozole (only offered on December 16, 2021)
What is your family’s favorite holiday dish? How does food help keep memories and traditions alive? Students will explore seasonal family traditions and foods while learning about a traditional Mexican recipe.

Workshop: ¿Rojo, blanco, o verde? Which pozole version is your favorite? Students will explore the traditional ingredients of a pozole recipe while observing how to make a healthy vegetarian pozole that can be enjoyed all season.

Classroom Resources: Vegetarian Pozole
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 10am.

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