The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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This comprehensive novel study resource includes EVERYTHING YOU NEED to teach the book The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. Simplify your lesson planning with this no-prep unit. This download includes both printable pages and a DIGITAL version your students can complete online through Google classroom.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson is a delightful story about the horrible Herdmans and how they turn a church Christmas pageant upside down! The characters learn about the true reason for Christmas and give a fresh perspective to the Christmas story from the Bible. I love reading this book each year - and your students are sure to enjoy it too! With only 7 chapters, it's the best light read to use in the month of December. These pages were created to guide your students through the novel, hold them accountable for their reading, and assess their comprehension through a number of fun and challenging activities.

This resource can be used as a whole-class novel study, small group reading groups, or an individual project. You can pick and choose the activities you’d like to use or print out the entire packet for your students to complete. Download the preview for the table of contents and the standards covered in this packet.

The resource includes:

  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever novel study cover page
  • Tracking My Progress (student accountability sheet)
  • Charting the Characters graphic organizer
  • Chapter 1: Reading Comprehension Activity
  • Chapter 1: Writing Prompt
  • Chapter 2: Reading Comprehension Activities
  • Chapter 2: Writing Prompt
  • Chapter 3: Reading Comprehension Activities
  • Chapter 3: Extension Activity (Casting the Characters)
  • Chapter 4: Reading Comprehension Activities
  • Chapter 4: Extension Activity (Ordering the Story Events)
  • Chapter 5: Reading Comprehension Activities
  • Chapter 5: Extension Activity (Wanted: Baby Jesus)
  • Chapter 6: Reading Comprehension Activities
  • Chapter 6: Extension Activity (Cause and Effect)
  • Chapter 7: Reading Comprehension Activities
  • Chapter 7: Extension Activity (Extra! Extra! Read All About It)
  • Dictionary Detective (vocabulary activity: 4 words per chapter)
  • Reading Comprehension Final Test (15-question multiple choice test covering the entire book)
  • The Book VS The Movie graphic organizer
  • Suggested answers keys (16 pages)

DIGITAL ACTIVITIES: Many of these activities are also available in a DIGITAL format if you would like your students to complete the assignments and submit via Google classroom. Your students can type their answers in the activities provided in the Google Slides presentation. I have also included a self-grading multiple choice reading comprehension test your students can take after reading the book.

The link to the digital activities is included in the download.

Resource created by: Jessica Lawler

Visit my website: Joy in the Journey

Total Pages
45 (+digital activities)
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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