This PowerPoint highlights some of the most common holiday celebrations in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Spain. It includes infographics, lots of images to help with unfamiliar vocab, and links to Youtube videos that support each topic. All of the text, infographics, and videos are in Spanish. The text is written with level 1 students in mind.
I have used this presentation with Spanish I students toward the end of the course with very little modification. I have used this presentation with Spanish I students at the midway point of the course with more modifications, especially in regards to background information they didn't know in English (e.g., the origins of Hannukah, the story of Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe). After giving a quick background in English (less than one minute), we were able to continue in Spanish using the cognates and pictures in the presentation.
I have had students draw a triple Venn diagram to take notes on the three countries' traditions as we discuss the information, then I teach them simple comparison phrases in context and have them complete the Speaking and/or Writing assessments at the end of the powerpoint. The assessments are real-world scenarios suitable for level 1 or 2 students (they may need some tweaking for more advanced students).