Three Kings’ Day

Lesson plan overview

This pre-intermediate ESL lesson plan is dedicated to Three Kings’ Day, also known as Epiphany. Students will learn useful vocabulary, read a short text about how this holiday is celebrated in Spain and watch a video about its origin. Other lessons that could be taught before this one are “Thanksgiving” and “Christmas markets and holiday travel”.
After an initial discussion, students learn relevant vocabulary to talk about Three Kings’ Day by matching 6 words to the photos given (parade, Kings’ cake, candy, camels). Then they discuss how each of the words is related to Three Kings’ Day.
Reading: Students read a short text about how this holiday is celebrated in Spain and complete a True/False comprehension activity. After that they talk about the differences between the way this holiday is celebrated in Spain and in their countries.
Video: Students watch a video: “The Three Wise Men” and complete the notes given with the correct words.
Writing: Students write a letter to the Three Kings.
Use the conversation cards for additional speaking practice.

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Vocabulary matching


The first time you watch the video, pay special attention to the correct pronunciation of the following words:

The annual parade marks the arrival of the Three Wise Men in the gospel of St. Matthew bringing gifts to baby Jesus.
Kids set out drinks for the Kings and leave snacks for their hungry camels.

Comprehension questions

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