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, questions and vocabulary words from last week’s lesson

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. 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. 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 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). The First Christmas Book
A book for you to make and share. 9 Christmas booklets or one page Bible story you can 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) 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 Birth of Jesus (word search) Birth of Jesus (crossword) The Birth of Jesus (decoder) Four times during the school year, Pflaum Gospel Weeklies provides three ready-to-print activities for each level; Seeds (Preschool), Promise (Grades K-1), Good News (Grades 2-3), Venture (Grades 4-6) and Visions (Grades 7-8). Plus each season special features for the entire family.


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! :)

Anonymous 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! :)

Anonymous said...

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