K-12 Resources

Mexico Trunk

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame offers the Traveling Trunks of Africa, Asia and Latin America free of charge to educators in the Michiana area. These treasure chests of engaging materials from around the world help students learn about the diverse cultures of these regions through hands-on activities. Each trunk comes with a curriculum guide, books, music CDs, instruments and cultural items.

To check availability of this trunk, click here.
To complete this trunk’s request form, click here. 
No reservations being taken at this time.


The e-binder is a CD that has lesson ideas for every item in the trunk, in addition to links for general information about Mexico. There are PDF versions of most of the lesson plans, so it can be used even without internet access.

Books & Literature

Celebrate! It's Cinco de Mayo!/¡Celebremos! ¡Es el Cinco de Mayo! by Levy, Janice
Charro: The Mexican Cowboy by Ancona, George 
Children of the Yucatán by Staub, Frank
Cinco de Mayo Day of the Dead by Johnston, Tony & Winter, Jeanette
Día de Mercado (paperback) by Ehlert, Lois
Erandi's Braids by Madrigal, Antonio
Esperanza Rising by Ryan, Pam Muñoz
First Thousand Words in Spanish (hardcover)
A Gift for Abuelita / Un Regalo para Abuelita by Luenn, Nancy
Hands-on Culture of Mexico and Central America by Kate O'Halloran
In My Family / En Mi Familia by Garza, Carmen Lomas
Magic Windows / Ventanas Mágicas by Garza, Carmen Lomas
Mexico: Countries and Cultures for Young Explorers
Pablo Remembers the Fiesta of the Day of the Dead
by Ancona, George
The Piñata Maker / El Piñatero by Ancona, George

Musical Instruments

  • Conch Horn 
  • Drum used by "los voladores"
  • Guiro 
  • Gourd Rattle  
  • Maracas made from gourds
  • Reed Flute

Cultural Items

Aztec Marigold (yellow flowers)
Catrina skeleton (w/ glitter, feathers) (2)
Corn husk
Jaguar Candle Holder   
Jaguar Mask (made of a coconut) 
Maria DeKellogg Doll 
Mexican Clay Eagle Bell  
Mexican Soda Bottle
Money (Mexican): 2- 5 pesos, 1- 50 centavo (3 coins)
Papel Picado (2)
Ojo de Dios (1)
Silver Mexican Boxes (3 inside each other)
3 Skeletons with 2 candles
Sugar Skull (1 large, 1 small)
Wood String Spinning Top
Yucatec Dress

Maps & Posters

Children's Map
National Geographic Map


Please make reservations at least one week before your requested pick-up to allow us time to inventory and prepare the trunk. 

It is our goal to have as many trunks in circulation as possible. Trunks may be borrowed for up to one month. Please borrow only for the amount of time you need the trunk so other educators have as much access to the trunk as possible.


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