Friday, December 5, 2008

Lesson Plan- Birth of Jesus (1st grade on up)

Birth of Jesus

Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story of Jesus’ birth
- identify where Jesus was born and in what town
- identify that Jesus was born on Christmas
- identify Bethlehem on a map

Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used as Mass cards (show picture cards that we have done thus far)

Vocabulary Words: (Write the words on the board and discuss with class)

Expecting- going to have a baby soon
Emperor- the male ruler of a group of nations or states
Register- a book containing a written list or record of names
Taxed- a payment toward the running of a country
Journey- a long trip or adventure
Bethlehem- a small town in Israel where Jesus was born (show students this on a map and have the students find it on a map)
Inn- like a hotel where you can sleep and eat
Stable- where they keep animals
Manger- a trough where animals eat out of
Flocks- group of something


Read story "Birth of Jesus" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.


Introduce activities: What day was Jesus born? Christmas object lessons A Christmas Object Lesson ...or Two The Best Gift (object lesson) Christmas Lessons & Advent Season Talks The Christmas Story lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc. To Bethlehem, Birth of Jesus, Mary and Jesus lessons with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples). The Birth of Jesus, Angels Appear To Shepherds lesson #167 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.


Introduce craft: Where was Jesus born? In a stable. Christmas Nativity
Scroll down to Christmas Nativity (Paper Doll Cut Outs) Stable background

Directions: Print out Christmas Nativity and stable background for students. Have students color Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, and the lamb and cut out. Glue characters on stable background. Paper Bag Manger Scene
Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 49 – 52 DIY Printable Nativity for Kids by Lacy
Complete directions and printable templates

Other crafts-

Shine On- Students make punched-tin candleholders. (Bible Story Crafts & Projects Children Love by Kathy Ross, page 71).

The Catholic Toolbox- Punched Tin Candle Holder Festive Candle Holder
Cute, easy craft made out of a baby food jar and tissue paper. Tip: Make a mixture of half water and half glue in a paper cup. Paint with a paintbrush or a Q-tip a small area on each jar with the glue mixture, then cover the area with small pieces of tissue paper. Use a variety of colored paper to cover the entire jar with two or three layers of tissue paper. Coat the finished jar with thinned glue to seal.

Glitter and Sugar Ornament- A fun and easy way to make lots of pretty ornaments to decorate your Christmas Tree. A sample craft from Kathy Ross' book: The Best Holiday Crafts Ever!, page 144 & 145. Scroll down to Christmas & Advent

Birth of Jesus Story Wheel- Children turn their story wheel dials to retell the Bible story they learned over and over again. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke. Directions on page 37 - 39, craft template on page 40 & 44.)

Christmas- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 33 & 34.)


Introduce game: What town was Jesus born in? Bethlehem Nativity Matching Game
Play Memory with these nativity cards. Nativity Cards
Go Fish game using pictures from the nativity including the baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the angel, shepherds, wise-men, and more. The object of the game is to get the most sets of four to win. More directions are at website. Open and print the pdf files either the two part color files or the b/w file. There are 8 different sets (four cards each) for a total of 32 nativity cards. If you have a large family/group print two sets and combine. Nativity Dominoes to print out and play Right, Left, Christmas Game
A fun way to review the story of the birth of Jesus. Christmas Games (8 Christmas games posted here)


Introduce snack: Where was baby Jesus laid into? Edible Manger

Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the birth of Jesus puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from July 29 – August 2).

Shepherds Find The Baby (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word (Grade 1 – 3) by Linda Standke, page 17 The Birth of Jesus (maze) The First Christmas Book
A book for you to make and share. 9 Christmas booklets
Print these out for the children to color or print them in color

The Angel Said to Them . . . (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s World: Grade 1 – 3 by Linda Standke, page 16.

Shepherds Find the Baby (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s World: Grade 1 – 3 by Linda Standke, page 17. (Click on Sample) The Birth of Jesus
Number each picture as it happened in the story. Then color the pictures. Christmas puzzles
Scroll down to Christmas Themed Printable Games and Puzzles for anagrams, bingo, crosswords, cryptograms, dominos, jigsaw puzzles, mazes, Memory cards, riddles, word-mining, word searches Christmas Themed Worksheets, Puzzles, and Games (scroll down near bottom) The Birth of Jesus (word search) Christmas (crossword) The Birth of Jesus (word jumble) A Christmas (spiral)

Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)


BlessedTimes5 said...

What a great resource! I am printing this off to use with our "Who Is Jesus" and New Testament Lapbooks!

Thank you!

Amazing_Grace said...

I'm so glad you could use some of the info! :)

Julie said...

This is awesome! I'm so glad I found you "again". :) I've been trying to figure out how to teach my son (5, autism) about Jesus' birth. I needed some concrete things for him. I LOVE the nativity paper craft. We are going to use that!! Can I link to you when I share a weekly wrap-up post?

Amazing_Grace said...

Feel free to link to this blog any time! :)

Julie said...

Thank you!! I gave you an award over on my blog. Don't feel obligated to play along, but I wanted you to have it. :) Have a wonderful weekend!