Epiphany is a popular choice when doing a holidays around the world unit. If this is not a holiday you celebrate personally, you may not know a lot about it. These facts about Epiphany and resources will help you plan and prep a comprehensive unit or simple holiday lesson plans for the days leading up to winter break.
Epiphany in Spain is an interesting topic to explore with elementary students during the months of December or January. This Epiphany in Spain resource can be used as a stand alone unit, quick holiday lesson plans, or as part of a larger holidays around the world unit. It includes everything you need to teach your students about this special winter holiday.
What is Epiphany?
This is an excerpt from the reading passage and student mini-booklet that can be found in the holiday lesson plans unit:
“In addition to Christmas, there is a festival that is celebrated in Spain. It is called Epiphany. Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th. That is the twelfth night after Christmas. It is the festival of The Three Kings. It is a celebration of the day when the Kings brought gifts to the baby Jesus.
Children in Spain receive some gifts on Christmas Day, but most are opened at Epiphany. On January 5th (Epiphany Eve) they leave shoes out to be filled with presents…”
Why You Should Teach Students about Epiphany
The month of December is a fantastic time of year to teach your elementary students about the different holidays and celebrations that take place around the world this time of year. Your students are already thinking about the upcoming holidays, so it makes sense to use this excitement to engage them in their learning. There are so many different ways to tie this topic into your curriculum – especially social studies and literacy standards!
Epiphany in Spain is a particularly interesting topic to explore because some of your students may have never heard of it before. Students can learn about a culture and set of traditions that are different from their own. Learning about this holiday creates an interesting opportunity for students to compare and contrast this holiday’s traditions and what their holiday traditions look like. For your students who do celebrate this holiday, it’s a great way to invite them to share about their experiences and recognize the value in their holiday.
5 Epiphany Facts
- Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th.
- It is the festival of The Three Kings. It is a celebration of the day when the Kings brought gifts to the baby Jesus.
- A special cake called “Roscón” is popular at Epiphany.
- Children in Spain receive some gifts on Christmas Day, but most are opened at Epiphany.
- On January 5th (Epiphany Eve), children leave shoes out to be filled with presents.
This Epiphany resource includes the following:
- resource overview that identifies all of the printables included in the product
- teaching ideas that offer suggestions for how to implement the resources in your classroom
- organizational tools to help you keep track of the resources you add to this thematic unit
- book suggestions to help you find relevant read alouds you might like to use as part of your unit
- close reading passage for both teachers and students to learn more about the holiday
- printable book for students to use to learn about the holiday
- two-column notes graphic organizer so your students can organize their ideas and the research they collect
- top-down web graphic organizer so your students can take the information they collected and transfer it into a paragraph framework
- cover pages that students can color in or design their own illustration
- geography map to help students make sense of where the country is in relation to themselves
- flag bunting that looks great displayed on a bulletin board
- flag coloring page that pairs well with the writing project and makes a great bulletin board
- postcards so students can show what they learned in a fun and creative way
- travel scrapbook so students can show what they learned in a fun and creative way
- travel journal so students can show what they learned in a fun and creative way
- art project to engage your students in a fun learning experience based on an academic topic
- recipe for students to bring home, share with their families, and enjoy a hands-on learning extension
- digital version of the product so students can access the materials in school and at home
5 Reasons Why You Will Love It
- This Epiphany resource includes a bunch of activities, so it’s a great value!
- Many of the Epiphany resources are completely print and go, which saves you lots of prep time.
- You can customize this Epiphany unit to fit your needs by selecting which included activities you implement.
- The Epiphany activities are open-ended, which makes it easier to differentiate and make modifications. It also enables you to use this in multiple grade levels.
- This Epiphany unit is a great way to keep students engaged during a month where that can feel extra challenging!
How to Implement an Epiphany Unit
Below are suggestions for how to implement a Epiphany unit. This information will help you plan your holiday lesson plans!
1. Activate Schema
Locate Spain on a Map
Like all lessons, you will want to begin by activating student schema and engaging them in their learning. It’s a great way to see if your students are familiar with the holiday, celebrate it personally, or know any facts about Spain. You can do this by:
- Locating Spain on a map.
- Discussing Spain’s climate.
- Inviting students to participate in mapping activities that help them understand where your students are in relation to Spain and the rest of the world.
This Me on the Map project has long been the most effective way I know to teach students where they are located from a global perspective.
Many teachers use it as part of a map skills unit at the start of each school year, but it also works so perfectly as an introduction to your Christmas Around the World or Holidays Around the World lessons.
Read Picture Books Related to Spain
Learn about Spain by reading aloud fictional picture books that take place in Spain and non-fiction books teaching about Spain.
One of our favorites is The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola. We loved this book so much that we added it to our Starts With a Story collection. Learn more about these holidays around the world picture books below!
2. Engage in the Activities from the Epiphany Unit
The Epiphany Unit includes tons of activities to choose from. Read through the resource overview and list of teaching ideas included in the unit to determine which activities you’d like to implement.
Read the Epiphany Texts and Complete the Note-Taking Activities
This unit includes a close reading passage and printable book that your students can read to learn about the holiday. There is also a two-column notes graphic organizer and a top-down web graphic organizer that students can use to collect information about the holiday.
Analyze a Map of Spain
This unit includes a map to help students make sense of where the country is in relation to themselves. Our Me on the Map activities is a nice compliment to this activity.
Make a Travel Journal, Scrapbook, or Postcard
Having students create a travel journal, scrapbook, or postcard will invite them to show what they have learning in a fun and creative way.
Send Home a Traditional Spanish Recipe
Send home a traditional Spanish recipe for students to share with their families and continue their learning at home.
Make an Epiphany Craft
Take some time to do a craft with your students to represent the country you are focusing on, Spain. It is so hard to fit in creative activities, but a winter celebrations around the world unit is a perfect time to incorporate fun hands-on learning experiences.
Here is what we made when we studied Spain! Check out these directions for how to make this craft and get ideas for other holidays around the world crafts!
3. Assess Students Using the Resources from the Unit
There are tons of different ways to assess students during and at the conclusion of your Epiphany unit. You can use the graphic organizers, classroom observations, and class discussions as informal assessments. You can use the postcard, travel scrapbook, and travel journal as formal assessments. You can decide what works best for you and your class of students!
Holidays Around the World Unit
What is Included?
- Holland / The Netherlands
- The United States
- Chinese New Year
- Boxing Day
- Las Posadas
- St. Lucia’s Day
The bundle also includes the following bonus materials:
- Access to a digital portal for easy planning
- Passports and country stamps
- Luggage craft activity
- Boarding passes
- Travel map
- Compare and contrast countries with Venn diagrams
- Craft ideas
- Scrapbook cover
Check Out These Other Related Resources
In addition to the winter celebrations around the world resources spotlighted above, a study about Epiphany lends itself to a variety of other complementary projects like travel brochures, an animal research project and crafts. Check out the ideas below as you begin to plan your holiday lesson plans!
1. Travel Brochures
You could have your students create travel brochures by researching the country. It’s a fun and creative way for students to share the facts about Epiphany they learned. This can be done in class or as a homework assignment to complement what you are doing in school. These printables travel brochures make it super simple!
2. Animal Research Projects
You could have your students learn about the wildlife native to Spain. This print and go animal research resource packet can be used over and over again through the school year because it was designed to be used when researching any animal.
If you need ideas specific to Spain, I suggest:
- Iberian Lynx
- Brown Bear
- Eurasian Beaver
- Spanish Ibex
- Golden Eagle
3. List of Epiphany Books
We’ve curated a list of picture books for each of the countries. Check out all of the holidays around the world books on our list as you begin to plan your holiday lesson plans!
4. List of Epiphany Videos
We’ve curated a list of videos for each of the countries. Check out all of the the holidays around the world videos on our list as you begin to plan your holiday lesson plans!
5. List of Holidays Around the World Posts
This post is part of a series designed to help teachers and homeschool families plan their holiday lesson plans and teach kids about the winter celebrations around the world. Other posts can be found below as well as the links to my other posts that you may find helpful in the month of December.
These holiday lesson plans, printable and digital activities, and other resources are a great way to teach Epiphany and learn about other cultures in the world. Another helpful resource to check out is this article, which offers suggestions for how to manage a holidays around the world learning experience in your classroom. It will help you with planning and teaching lessons about Epiphany in Spain, as well as a comprehensive holidays around the world resource. We hope you found this post helpful for when you are writing your holiday lesson plans!