Thursday, February 16, 2012

Choose the Right, Verses

I've got it! Thank you everyone for your ideas in helping me come up with my activity.

I'm only teaching the first verse of this song but this activity would work if you want to teach one or all of them.
Chorus visuals used found HERE (I may or may not use the CTR sticks, depends on how bored the kids get). If you didn't use these visuals, you can use a picture of Christ or any other picture depicting choosing the right.

Footsteps found HERE. I have 26 because that's how many I made for my other activity but if you want to make more or less, do so.

Words to your verse(s) either written directly on your footsteps using a dry erase marker (I found the dry erase rubs off after it's been repeatedly stepped on which is annoying) or print out the words, cut and tape them onto the footsteps (which is what I did). I chose 16 phrases from the first verse to put on 16 of the footsteps:

the right
when a choice
is placed
before you.
In the right
the Holy
Spirit guides;
And its light
is forever
o’er you,
When in
the right
your heart

You'll need the "CTR Game" from the February 2012 Friend found HERE printed on card stock (optional), laminated (also optional) and cut out (not optional ;). Take the 10 pairs (20 total cards) and tape one of each of the pairs onto the remaining 10 footsteps.

Before primary, post your chorus visuals on the chalkboard (or picture of Christ), post 10 matches along the bottom of the chalkboard, then place your 26 footsteps (16 word phrase footsteps in order with the matching 10 footsteps interspersed with the word footsteps) FACE DOWN going from the back of the Primary room leading down the aisle up to the chalkboard.

To play, call a child and have them turn over the first footstep. Reveal and say the first word (choose) and have the Primary sing the word as the child steps on it. Repeat with a new child for the next footstep to be turned over revealing the next word or CTR match card. As each child is called, they will turn over the next footstep and then start stepping at the beginning, stepping as the words are sung by the Primary. Hopefully each child will get a turn to step!

When a match card is turned over, that child will look at the picture, tell what he sees (maybe pass around the footstep) and the Primary will help find it's match posted on the chalkboard. Discuss the answer (hint, the boarder colors around each card match each other!) then bring the match from the chalkboard and tape it next to its pair on the footstep.

Continue until all the footsteps are turned over, all the matches are found and all the words are learned!

Before primary, place all the footsteps in order on the chalkboard leading up to a picture of Christ so the words/pictures face the chalkboard.  Pass out the matching pictures that are not on footsteps randomly to the children.  Call on children to turn over the footsteps in order.  Sing the phrases as they are turned over and find/discuss the matches around the room as their match is turned over.

I will also be teaching the simple "finger light" actions (without the finger lights this week) found HERE as each phrase is turned over.  You can purchase finger lights here:

To review in following weeks, I'll bring out the actual finger lights and review in the dark.  Find my lesson plan HERE.


Alicia said...

What a great idea!! Thank you so much!

kathryn said...

I used this idea on Sunday and it was a big hit! Thank you so much!!

Brittanie said...

I want to use this idea today but a little confused about the activity part- do you have each child come up and step on a word (as it's sung) then sit back down? Then another child come up to turn over the next step (look at word/ picture) then sit back down? Thanks!

Camille said...

That's exactly it. The idea is just to gradually add one word at a time, each time starting from the beginning, with a new child. I hope that answers your question.


MegHAN said...

I love this idea! But can't get the footprints to print??? The link brings me to a page that says the page doesn't work or may have been moved.

Camille Hill said...

This is the direct link that appears to be working:

Sorry you are having trouble. Let me know if it still doesn't work.


Rachel said...

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your ideas. I work full time and am in school (plus being a mom). I really try to stay organized, but this week got away from me and I didn't have time to make the game I was planning to do (some variation of the Price is Right - instead, it would be The Choice is Right). I woke up this morning so stressed, still not knowing what I was going to do instead, and then here you are with the perfect idea.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Steven Bills said...

We are finishing up this activity today because we didn't get through it last week. Our primary kids were out of control!!! Do you have any suggestions on how to get a VERY large primary to pay attention. Our bishopric member who is over the primary said we are not allowed to call out specific people when they aren't behaving well. I.E. We can't sit next to them when they are being irreverent, we can't ask them specifically to be reverent. How do you keep your kids reverent. We have about 80 Jr. (30 of which are sunbeams), and 60 Sr. We have a very young ward with lots of kids. I'd love any suggestions or to be lead to a blog post of yours.

Thank you!

Kristina Bills

Camille Hill said...

Hi Kristina,

Sorry to hear you are struggling - I do think almost EVERY ward deals with reverence problems in some form or another. I know ours does and we don't have 80 kids in Jr.! If I had a very young and large Jr. primary, I'd make sure to keep them moving. If they are being disruptive, it's probably because they are bored. Pat Graham states that a disruptive child is a bored child. It's hard to hear but there is a lot of truth to it. With so many kids, it's easy for them to get lost in the crowd.

I'd suggest LOTS of wiggle songs similar to how I run nursery but expand the list (same songs every week, same rotation so they know exactly what comes next). Maybe 5 minutes at the beginning and 5 minutes at the end. Then only spend 10 minutes on the song you are trying to teach. And stay with actions/simplified ASL where kids can always stay in their seats and mimic you. You could pass out props for each child to hold to create movement (scarves would be my recommendation with young kids). But they would only come out as a reward for reverent behavior. Maybe one week bring the prop to pass out and don't pass them out when they are irreverent and see if they will try being more reverent next week.

I wouldn't stress out that the little kids aren't learning verbatum the program songs. Rely on your older kids for that and the little kids will pick up what they can. Only focus on the chorus of each month's song and find simple ways to repeat it. If you don't have many older kids, don't be afraid to cut parts of the songs out or your program - just sing the chorus or have your few older kids sing in small groups.

Anyway, not sure any of that helps, maybe you are already doing a lot of it. Good luck!