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Birth of Jesus: Grades 5 and 6

Bible Activity: Hear Ye-Form pairs. Give each pair parchment paper and pens. Have children read Luke 2:1-20 and create birth announcements for Jesus.

Afterward, have kids show their announcements. Then *ask: What's the most wonderful announcement you've ever heard? What did the announcement of Jesus' birth mean to people in those days? What does it mean to us today?

Craft: Scrolls-Have kids use glitter pens and markers to write brief announcements on parchment paper, such as "Joy! Jesus is Born!" Have kids roll the top and bottom edges to resemble a scroll and glue in place. Then have kids attach a piece of gold cord for a hanger and decorate it with bits of greenery.

Snack: You'll need: Have children each bring several apples or oranges. Have sliced fruit and punch on hand.

Directions: Gather all your classes together and have children bring their unsliced fruit. Lay a sheet on the floor and use yarn to make a tree outline on the sheet. Have children work together to create a Christmas fruit tree within the outline.

This lesson was created for GRADES 5 AND 6.

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