- List prior knowledge of Christmas.
- Listen to books.
- Compare and contrast Christmas to other celebrations.
- Create a project.
- The Light of Christmas by Richard Paul Evans (Author), Daniel Craig (Illustrator)
- Christmas (Rookie Read-About Holidays) by David F. Marx
- Construction paper — black, red, green, yellow
- Bulb patterns for tracing
- Glitter or hologram sticky paper for Christmas lights
- Yarn or roving for hanging Christmas lights
- Hole punch
- Computer and Kidspiration software
Set Up and Prepare
- Cut rectangles of construction paper.
- Make enough bulb patterns out of tag board so that students can share.
- Cut a length of yarn or roving on which to string the lights.
- Plan where to display them in the classroom.
- Check glue bottles.
- Check computer connection to large screen monitor.
Step 1: As a group, list what the children already know about Christmas on the Celebration chart.
Step 2: Read The Light of Christmas by Richard Paul Evans (Author), Daniel Craig (Illustrator) and Christmas (Rookie Read-About Holidays) by David F. Marx
Step 3: Using Kidspiration, list what the children learned about Christmas.
Step 4: Compare and contrast Ramadan, Diwali, Hanukkah, and Christmas.
Step 5: Create Christmas lights. Trace around a large Christmas light bulb pattern (See Christmas Light Shape (PDF) onto colored construction paper. Add glitter or hologram sticky paper to the screw end of the bulb. Punch a hole in the screw end and hang. Connect all of the bulbs with yarn to look like a string of Christmas lights.
Step 6: As a group create a letter to parents explaining about Christmas and the Christmas lights.
Teacher observation will assess student participation in listening to the book and contributing to the discussion.