This is a VERY condensed birth of Jesus lesson. I teach on a yearly timeline, and want to make weeks available for more Acts and the Life of Paul lessons. Although the wise men visiting are included in this post, they did not visit at the stable. (See scripture below.) The shepherds visited at the stable, then Mary and Joseph went to the temple where Anna and Simeon were thrilled to see the Savior. Jesus was about 1.5 to 2 when the wise men visited.
We talked last week about the angel from God named Gabriel. He told Zacharias about John, and he also told Mary she would have a baby. Scripture is Luke 1:26-39; 2:1-7; Matthew 18-25.
The Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus, made a law that everyone should be taxed, so the Roman government ordered people to go to their tribal ancestral city, and enroll by a census. Joseph was from the Tribe of Judah, so Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem. It was 70/85 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
I had these printed for the students when they came in. They filled them in, and then we used them during the lesson. It really helped them understand the concept of census. You can print this census recorder by clicking on the picture.
At this part of the Bible lesson, we talked about their census paper and I wrote the results on a white board for them to see as we talked about it. (I found this idea online years ago, and do not have the original site info)
Here are the printables for the worksheet part of the lapbook. You can print in color or black and white. The black and white does not have a shepherd, so there is a cow for the stable.
Here is the Spanish version in color.