This reading is about a birthday celebration! Much of the reading is in the present continuous tense (estar + gerund). It talks about what everyone in the family is doing during the celebration. Also discussed is the significance of the piñata in Mexican celebrations.
There is a full glossary of new words and the story is followed by four true and false questions in Spanish for reading comprehension.
Activity idea: bring in some party pictures and have students explain what is happening using the present continuous tense.