Saturday, August 13, 2016

Summer Olympics Singing Time

*I used this wonderful idea from Camille's blog for a Summer Olympics Singing Time.

  • Paper Olympic rings, hung in a chain. Each ring had an Olympic "way to sing" on it.
  • Song Titles in a bowl.
  • Printout of Olympic Rings logo to hang on the board.

Here are the Olympic "Ways to Sing":
TORCH RELAY     pass a flashlight - the class where the torch is sings the brightest! (loudest)
RUNNING RACE     run in place while we sing
ARCHERY     use "bow and arrow" arms for dynamics singing
VOLLEYBALL   two sides take turns singing
RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS    clap pattern (or just clap the beat)
WOMEN'S EVENT     girls only
MEN'S EVENT    boys only
CYCLING    "cycle around" and sing the song more than once
KAYAKING  "yak" (talk) the words
ROWING    each row sings a line

Picture of my stuff below:
*I actually had 10 rings in my chain. I wanted it to last the whole singing time!  

Sunday, May 22, 2016

ACROSTIC WORDS for Praise To The Man V1

I wrote an acrostic poem for Praise To the Man in the last 10 minutes of Sacrament Meeting. I used the man himself, and words from the first verse and chorus.

  • Chalk (maybe 2 colors)
  • Hymnbooks
  • Words (below)

  1. Sing Praise to the Man.
  2. Ask what man this song is about?
  3. Write the name JOSEPH SMITH vertically on the board.
  4. Ask the kids to help you find words in the first verse to fill in the Joseph Smith's name. (May want to hand out hymn books)
  5. First, look for the letter J.
  6. Define/discuss the word. (Because there are some hard words in this song!)
  7. Sing to that point/end of that phrase (some are in weird spots).
  8. Repeat steps 5-8

   Open the last

   Traitors and Tyrants

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Clap It Out

This is an idea for Praise To the Man for Senior Primary.

It looks like a game. But it's really a way to define those tough words in Praise To the Man. Tell the kids you're going to clap out all of the big words in the first verse...

*Sing through the Verse one time first. Then,
  1. Have a child choose a definition wordstrip. 
  2. Find the word for that definition somewhere in the Verse.
  3. Write the word on the board. Tape the definition next to it.
  4. Talk it out. Discuss the word and it's definition.
  5. Now, "Clap it Out" of the song. .... When singing, clap the syllables of that word.
  6. Repeat and repeat until all the big words are being "clapped out" as you sing.

    (The secret is that, although they are clapping the words/syllables, they are still thinking them in their heads - and you are getting them to sing over and over again.)

Verse 1 Definitions → Words:
Conversed with a Higher Source → Communed
Heavenly Father? / Jesus? → Jehovah
Called to Holy Office → Anointed
Proclaimer of the word of God → Prophet
Group of time → Dispensation
Praise enthusiastically → Extol
Feel deep respect and admiration → Revere

  • Definitions on wordstrips
  • Chalk to write each "hard" word on the board as we talk about it.
  • Tape / magnets

More Service Songs - G.I.V.E.

After singing Give Said The Little Stream with actions, extend the lesson by singing more Service Songs. This really does need to be done in coordination with Give Said the Little Stream, as it's a continuation on the word GIVE...

Before Primary, put the letters G - I - V - E around the room. It's going to be kind of a match game, where the letter will be stuck on the beginning of a phrase.

G - How do we serve?  We go the extra mile!  pg: 167

I - Who can serve others?  I can, with my own two hands!  pg: 272
V - How does serving others make us feel? Serving others makes us very happy!  pg: 197

E - Who do we serve?  Every one of God's children.  pg: 263

Talk about how GSTLS is a song about service! ASK; But what other things can we think about when doing service?.... The letters on the wall will help us find out!
  • Choose a child to go get a letter off the wall.
  • When the child brings the letter to you, ASK the question about service. Then show the the letter combined with it's phrase and hang it on the board (save room for all 4 phrases).
  • Sing the song. Maybe a few times.
  • Repeat.

    (I had the letter, the question, and the song page number written on the back of the phrase page.)

Friday, May 20, 2016

ACTIONS For Give Said the Little Stream (all 3 verses!)

I just made these up!  Whewie!  :D

"Give," said the little stream,        WATER WAVE HANDS
"Give, oh! give, give, oh! give."       GIVE (hands out in front) x2
"Give," said the little stream,       WATER WAVE HANDS
As it hurried down the hill;       WATER WAVE HANDS
"I'm small, I know,        "SMALL" FINGER AND THUMB NEAR EYE
but wherever I go       HANDS OUT SHRUG    
The fields grass grows greener still."       GRASS HANDS (wiggly fingers cross in front)

"Give," said the little rain,       RAIN FINGERS
"Give, oh! give, give, oh! give."       GIVE (hands out in front) x2
"Give," said the little rain,       RAIN FINGERS
As it fell upon the flow'rs;       RAIN FINGERS
"I'll raise their drooping heads again,"       GROWING FLOWER HAND
As it fell upon the flow'rs.      RAIN FINGERS

Give, then, as Jesus gives,       GIVE x1 / JESUS ASL
Give, oh! give, give, oh! give.       GIVE (hands out in front) x2
Give, then, as Jesus gives;       GIVE x1 / JESUS ASL
There is something all can give.      RAINBOW GESTURE ABOVE HEAD
Do as the streams and blossoms do:       WATER WAVE HANDS / FLOWER
For God and others live.       HEAVENLY FATHER ASL / LIVE ASL

Singing, singing all the day,       LEAD 2/4 TIME x2
"Give away, oh! give away."      GIVE (hands out in front) x2
Singing, singing all the day,       LEAD 2/4 TIME x2
"Give, oh! give away."       GIVE (hands out in front) x2

---------------> Need to fill more time? Extend Give Said the Little Stream (and sing more songs) with this lesson plan extension: Service Songs: G.I.V.E.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mother Tell Me - A Two Week Plan

Here is my idea to split teaching Mother, Tell Me the Story in two weeks.

'Story' Flip Chart (put them in a binder or something)
Teddy Bear

1. Ask if the children if they like story time! Sit in a chair in front of the Primary and read the flip charts story-style to children while piano plays quietly in background.
2. Learn the 1st verse line-by-line.
3. Cement the verse with hot/cold singing using a Teddy Bear for the remainder of the time.

1. Mix up the 'story' (flip charts). See if a class can get them in the right order before the 1st verse ends.
2. Add in the adult part during Storytime Sleepytime.... Spread out a storytime blanket. Invite one class at a time to come up front to the blanket. All the kids sing to the adults in the room - then, see if the Adult part makes the kids on the blanket fall asleep!
3.  Combine parts.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Seed Shakers

Make seed shakers to use during the song, The Prophet Said to Plant a Garden (p 237).

Should be pretty simple.... color paper plates, fill with seeds, staple together.
Here are instructions at ABC Creative Learning.

Ideas: apples, pumpkins, watermelons...