El Tió de Nadal is an often surprising Christmas tradition from Cataluña in Spain. Families place a personified log in their living rooms and cover it with a small blanket, and children "feed" the log in the days leading up to Christmas. On Christmas Eve, they beat the log with sticks until it magically "poops" out gifts beneath the blanket.
These resources are ideal for Spanish 2+. If you are looking for Spanish 1 materials, please check out this Tradiciones de la Navidad activity pack
These materials present the tradition entirely in Spanish and follow a hypothesis refinement
1) Students view a video clip hinting at the Tió de Nadal tradition
2) Students form a hypothesis
3) Class discusses the hypothesis
4) Teacher provides information about the tradition (MovieTalk script included for a video plus several readings in Spanish)
5) Each student refines their hypothesis and presents it with an illustration and description in Spanish
6) Teacher provides more information about the tradition in Spanish
7) Students formulate opinions about the tradition and consider how their culture influenced their opinion
8) Closure activities in Spanish
These materials center on a series of three YouTube videos. The videos are critical to the materials, so please plan ahead and download the videos to your computer's hard drive using the instructions included in the lesson plans if YouTube is blocked at your school.
The materials will fill 3-4 45 minute class periods.