IMPORTANT: Do not purchase this story if you have already purchased or plan to purchase the "Reyes Magos Mini Bundle". This story is included in that bundle.
I wrote this story to teach beginning Spanish students about Three Kings Day. In many Spanish-speaking countries, the three wise men bring gifts to children on January 6th. In this story, an eight-year-old boy named Lucas lives in Burgos, Spain. He writes a letter to the three kings asking for a soccer ball, an iPad, and a dog. On Three Kings Day, he opens his gifts and eats rosca de reyes.
I wrote this story for elementary students in their fifth year of a Spanish FLES program. It will be accessible to students in Spanish 1. If you would like a simpler story for younger children, check out the Three Kings Day book I wrote for my kindergarten students: Las cartas.
Both this story and "Las Cartas" are available in the Reyes Magos Mini Bundle.
This bundle includes:
• La carta a los Reyes Magos - picture story
• Story cards (without text) for students to retell the story in Spanish
• A student version (text only)
• Five worksheets to go along with the story
• A timed writing quiz
• A model letter so students can write their own letter to los Reyes Magos
• A teacher's guide with suggestions for teaching the story over five days
• An extension story called "El perrito" (text only)
• One page of questions to go along with "El perrito"
• A full answer key
• Ten posters to help students remember key vocabulary words
nos portamos bien
nos portamos mal
un perro, un perrito
rosca de reyes
un abrazo enorme
no quiero que me traigan
me he portado muy bien
a la mañana siguiente
lo que realmente quiero
¡Feliz día de los Reyes Magos!
los Reyes Magos
NOTE: This story is sold in PDF format. I have received some requests to put these stories in PowerPoint format. However, many of the artists who create educational clipart specify that the clipart must be locked down in a PDF file, as this secures the file images. Some PDF viewing programs have the option to "view as slideshow", which looks very similar to a PowerPoint presentation. Other programs have the option to view as full screen or full page. This is how I use the PDF files in my class.
I teach this story with TPRS®, a method developed by Blaine Ray.
This story provides input that is comprehensible, engaging, and carefully structured to include lots of repetition. I have been using TPRS® in my classes since 2007 and have found it to be a highly successful method for learning languages. I have used TPRS® with preschool through adult classes and have found that learners of all ages are captivated by stories.