The Birth of Jesus – Year 5 scripture lesson

*UPDATE – the lesson went great; much better than I expected. The jigsaw puzzles were a big hit, and even got some of the more-troubling kids eager to work.*

I wrote about my Year 1 and 2 ‘birth of Jesus’ scripture lesson (here), so here is my Year 5 ‘birth of Jesus’ scripture lesson.

For this lesson, I was wracking my brain to figure out a way to make it engaging and entertaining. With the end of the year coming closer, the kids are harder to control. I also wanted them to always remember having fun learning about Jesus – and the Christmas story is one of the most important (in my opinion the Easter story is the most important).

After finding a brilliant age-appropriate book called Bible Stories for Children (I wrote about it here), I have decided to read it to the kids, after getting them to complete puzzles that reveal pictures that will help us tell the story.

Here it is.


Good afternoon everyone.

Today we’re going to do things a little differently. You’re going to work in a few groups to work out some jigsaw puzzles, and we’re going to use the pictures to help us tell a story.

Hand out jigsaw puzzles.

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Great, so we’ve got all these pictures. I’m sure most of you already know what today’s lesson is going to be about.

Q. Who can tell me what special day is coming up? We celebrate it every year, near the end of December? Christmas

Today we’ll be hearing the story of the first Christmas, the birth of Jesus, and we’ll be using these pictures (indicate completed jigsaws) to help us.

*Read the book/story while pointing to appropriate puzzle pictures*

CONCLUDING PRAYER: Dear God, // Thank you for sending Jesus. // Help us in these last few weeks. // Amen.

Activity sheet –

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Christian books haul!

After a painful and costly trip to the dentist, I decided to enjoy a trip to the closest shopping centre. Much to my surprise, one of the discount book stores had some Christian Christmas books for sale – even displayed out the front!

As a volunteer primary school scripture teacher, having books like these will not only be great to read to he kids, but also help me to learn how to condense the important Bible stories in language they will understand.

Here are the books I got:

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6x illustrated short Bible stories –

Daniel and the Lions, Joseph’s Colourful Coat, Jonah and the Big Fish, The Miracles of Jesus, The Easter Story, David and Goliath.

These are very easy for kids to understand, and the illustrations are just darling. They were $6 each.

1x Bible Stories for Children

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It might not look it, but this is a MASSIVE book (height-wise). The stories are a bit more advanced in language, but the illustrations are amazing. I am actually planning on using this book for my year 5 ‘birth of Jesus’ scripture class. (Click here to check out this lesson).

This was $27.95 down to $9.99.

1x Children’s Picture Bible (Old and New Testament stories retold)

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This is a very comprehensive book. It includes illustrations to help the kids understand better, and includes both Old and New Testament stories.

This was $20.

4x Christmas stories –

A Christmas Carol, The First Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Twelve Days of Christmas.

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Each one of these is a classic. They are short stories, and are small enough that you can bring all of them on your Christmas holiday.

They tell the story in clear language, and I used The First Christmas in my Year 1 scripture class today (lesson found here).

This bundle was $20 for all four.

So that’s my haul, and I am really pleased regular stores still sell Christian books.
Let me know what you have found.