We're at school almost every day.
For some good reason, we rarely get sick.
6th January is the exception.
We'll take a sick or personal day and there's no way we'll be at school.
This is how important El Día de Reyes is for us.
It's a day to be at home when our kids get up, so we can be together when we open our presents.
Some of our Spanish friends will join us later for lunch, and we'll eat the roscón Laura perfectly cooks. Her roscón is as good as it gets.
We wanted to make an easy lesson about this tradition that every Spanish student could enjoy.
The result is Los Reyes Magos.
What Santa Claus and the Three Wise Men have in common
Everybody knows Santa.
So Santa Claus is the starting point of this lesson.
We always try to use students' background knowledge, and beginning with Santa makes perfect sense.
The warm-up activity is a guess-who activity, in which students will get several clues to find out the person being described.
And that person is, of course, Santa Claus.
Once the warm-up is over, your classes will read a short text about Santa and some of the things he has in common with The Three Wise Men.
Then your students will be ready to watch the video of the lesson.
Differences between Santa Claus and The Three Wise Men
The lesson starts with Papá Noel, but we want to make sure students don't think that Los Reyes Magos is some kind of Hispanic version of Santa Claus.
The 4-minute video included in the lesson (with optional Spanish subtitles) explains the 5 main differences between Santa and The Three Wise Men.
Students will complete a Venn diagram using the information from the reading and the video, and they'll also be able to watch an interactive video with questions or to answer a quiz in a Google form.
As usual, you'll get the answers already graded.
I can explain the tradition of the Three Wise Men in Spanish
This is the goal of the lesson, that students use their Spanish to explain who the Three Wise Men are and the most important facts about them.
Will they be able to do it?
They have all the information they need in the Venn diagram they filled out while doing the reading and watching the video.
They also have a brief text about Santa in the actividad posterior they can use as a model.
With all that, they'll be ready.
Yes, by the end of the lesson, they'll be able to explain the tradition of the Three Wise Men in excellent Spanish.