- List prior knowledge of Christmas
- Listen to books about Christmas
- Compare and contrast Christmas to other celebrations
- Create a light bulb craft
- The Light of Christmas by Richard Paul Evans and Daniel Craig
- Christmas by David F. Marx
- Chart paper and markers or interactive whiteboard
- Christmas Light Template printable
- Tag board
- Red, green, and yellow construction paper
- Yarn or roving for hanging Christmas lights
- Glitter or hologram sticky paper for Christmas lights
- Hole puncher
- Use the Christmas Light Template printable to make bulb patterns out of tag board. Make enough for students to share when making the craft.
- Cut the colored construction paper into rectangles large enough to trace one of the Christmas light bulb patterns.
- Cut a long length of yarn or roving on which to string the lights.
- Plan where to display the lights in the classroom.
- Optional: If you plan to use an interactive whiteboard during class discussions, set it up prior to the lesson.
Step 1: As a group, list what the children already know about Christmas on the chart paper or the interactive whiteboard.
Step 2: Read The Light of Christmas by Richard Paul Evans and Daniel Craig and Christmas by David F. Marx aloud to the class.
Step 3: Return to the chart paper or interactive whiteboard and list what the children learned about Christmas.
Step 4: Compare and contrast Ramadan, Diwali, Hanukkah, and Christmas.
Step 5: Help students create Christmas lights by following these steps:
- Trace the Christmas light bulb pattern onto a rectangle of colored construction paper.
- Cut out the light bulb shape.
- Add glitter or hologram sticky paper to the screw end of the bulb shape.
- Punch a hole in the screw end of the bulb shape.
Step 6: Connect all of the bulbs with yarn to look like a string of Christmas lights.
Step 7: As a group, write 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.