Friday, November 29, 2013

The Nativity Song


For the next 2 weeks I'm going to be teaching The Nativity Song.  It will be one of our musical numbers for Sacrament Meeting the Sunday before Christmas.  We will be doing all 5 verses as I feel you only tell half the nativity story if you leave any out.

I found black and white pictures HERE that went along with the song but there was nothing for the first verse.  I wasn't super excited about having to color all of them either and then I landed on OCD Primary Chorister's Blog and she posted some great visuals to this song HERE (I printed her document with the rhyming word at the bottom).  She has a great way of presenting the song using her visuals but I have changed how I'm going to use them...

I printed the pictures on card stock, cut around them (I also cut out the key word and glued it to the back just to help with the activity a little bit more) and laminated each of them.  I then punched holes in the top and tied on yarn so they will be worn around the kids' necks.  Pictures are worth 1000 words...

Verse 1:

Verse 2:

Verse 3:

Verse 4:

Verse 5:

I think this will make for a great nativity scene with all the kids as active participants.  I did jot down the order of the pictures because there are a few that could fit a few places and I'm known to screw up {occasionally} ;).

SEASONS
CHRISTMAS TREE
SCRIPTURES
STABLE SCENE
STAR
EARTH
ANGEL
BIRD
EMPTY STABLE
COW
EMPTY MANGER
MANGER WITH BABY
SHEPHERDS
SHEPHERDS WITH MANGER
WISE MEN
WISE MEN GIFTS
MARY
JOSEPH & DONKEY
BABY JESUS
SAVIOR

For the Sr. Primary activity, I'm going to randomly pass out the necklaces and the kids will put them on.  Then I'll have the song play on CD (you could also sing it solo but I like to opt for the CD, just my preference!).  I'm going to have the kids listen to where they think their picture fits into the song.  Then the second time, I'll play the song again but establish areas around the room for the 1 - 5 verses.  The kids will move to the area where they think they should be.  There's a hint on the back of the picture which is the rhyming word where their picture fits in, in case they are unsure.

Once grouped correctly, all the kids will sit down and I'll call up the first group/verse of kids.  We'll sing the verse and discuss why each picture fits where it does, then go through each verses the same way.  I'm pretty sure this will take us 2 weeks to get through.

For Jr. Primary I'll just pass out necklaces, and have them listen to the song on CD to try to see if they hear their picture sung.  Then with each verse, we'll just go through the words and have the children that have the matching necklaces for that verse come up.  Again, this will take 2 weeks to get through.

If I have more time, I may play the matching game next week that OCD Primary Chorister suggests using the visuals.

I'll post the words in Sr. as needed and will definitely post them for Jr.  If you don't know how I do that, check out my "Posting Words" tab up at the top of the page.  I also added this song to the list you can print out.

See my lesson plan for reviewing this song HERE.

4 comments:

Julie Loper said...

Wonderful Idea! Do you have a template so the pictures can easily be printed?

Julie Loper said...

Please notify me when you answer. Thanks

Camille said...

They can all be downloaded at OCD Primary Chorister's blog. The link is in the post. I hope that helps!

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