This reading activity tells the Nativity Story and allows each child to make her/his own colourful reading/picture book about the Nativity Story.
Collect pictures (Christmas Cards are good) about the Nativity Story. These pictures can be used for class discussions about life as it was at the time Jesus was born (clothing, no vehicles, use of the donkey, buildings etc.). The children can also use these pictures as a guide for their own illustrations. Notice how all the pictures are different because each one is one artist’s interpretation of the story. Explain to the children that each child is going to be the artist for his/her very own reading/picture book – use the pictures for ideas only. They don’t have to copy the whole picture, but encourage a full scene to be drawn. You will be delighted with the results. Give plenty of time.
Page 1: Discuss with the children the meaning of the words – decree, innkeeper,
swaddling clothes, manger, taxes.
Find Nazareth and Bethlehem in an Atlas or on a globe of the world. Notice
how far apart they are.
Page 2: The shepherds were probably poor people. Their clothes could have been made
out of animal skins, so they would be coloured in oranges, yellows and browns.
Explain to the children that there were no fences to keep the animals together
so the shepherds had to stay with their flocks day and night. They also had to
protect their flocks from wild animals.
Page 3: The wise men were rich and their robes were probably made of expensive
material so they would be coloured in bright purples, reds, blues and greens.
The above activities integrate these reading lessons with the following learning areas:
- Social Studies (Society and Environment): studying earlier cultures (clothing, buildings, how they looked after their animals), finding the towns on a map of the world, use of an Atlas to find towns and places.
- Art: drawing, using colours to help tell the story, using imagination to draw pictures, producing work each child can be proud of.
The lessons can be easily integrated with the Music learning area:
- Christmas Carols – children enjoy adding (simple) percussion.
Idea:- Divide children into small groups to decide what percussion they would use for each line/verse of the carol. Why?