Dramatizing The Christmas Story In Your Classroom

Dramatizing The Christmas Story Sing-Along

Preparations, props and song list for staging and dramatizing the Christmas Story in your classroom, if the teacher wishes to do this (it is optional).

Part II • Dramatizing The Christmas Story In The Classroom

Christmas Carols / Hymns*

  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
  • Joy To The World
  • What Child Is This?
  • We Three Kings Of Orient Are

People And Roles

  • Teacher/Director
  • Song leader–it is easiest for students to sing along with an alto or tenor.
  • Storyteller(s)–the teacher may wish to perform this role, and/or assign Storyteller and Composer’s Stories to different students.
  • Two to five Shepherds
  • Three Wise Men
  • Mary and Joseph

Props, Equipment, Handouts

  • An instrument (optional): piano, guitar, or a CD/MP3 player, etc. to play the Christmas carols *
  • Copies of the sheet music and/or lyrics FOR ALL *
  • Copies of the Joseph and Mary Dialog for Joseph and Mary
  • A staff for each Shepherd (broomsticks?)
  • Two robes (choir robes?) for Joseph and Mary
  • Infant Jesus doll
  • Blanket for Jesus
  • Gift box for each Wise Man
  • Bibles for all *

Staging Instructions

  • The front of the classroom is the “cave.”
  • Seat Joseph with Mary (holding infant Jesus) at stage center.
  • Seat shepherds along a side aisle.
  • Seat Wise Men along the other side aisle.
  • Use masking tape to mark the stage floor eight feet away on both sides of Joseph and Mary. This will prevent Shepherds and Wise Men from crowding center stage.

View Part I  Teaching The Christmas Story Sing-Along
View Part III  Teachers Workshop: Teaching The Christmas Story