I'm going to teach the 1st and 2nd verses to Nephi's Courage this Sunday and then the 3rd verse next week. I thought the first 2 verses go together nicely since they are all about Nephi.
I'm going to teach this song using popsicle puppets:
(sorry about the horrible picture...my camera died right after it was taken and I'm too lazy to wait to take another one. You get the idea right? Nothin' fancy...my singing time motto!!)
Someone from Yahoo groups kindly posted the links for all the pictures. I used Nephi and Laman and Lemuel from HERE, Laban and the plates from HERE, and the boat from HERE.
I just copied the images onto a Word document, got them to be the sizes I wanted and then printed each page on card stock (discarding the extra images). Then I took out my trusty markers and crayons and spent a good while coloring with my kids. We had a great time coloring together while I was being productive!! After I colored them, I ran them through my laminator and taped them to popsicle sticks. End of prep.
As for teaching, I'm going to use actions (CHORUS ONLY) another someone kindly posted a few weeks ago on Yahoo Groups. I've tweaked them just a little. I'll teach the actions first before pulling out the stick puppets. Here are the actions:
I will go (punch air upward/outward with fist - superhero-style like)
I will do (punch again with other fist)
the thing the Lord commands (asl for "commands" found HERE)
I know (point to forehead)
the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey (soldier salute and jump)
After the chorus is learned I'll pull out the puppets. I'm going to tell the kids they are going to put on a puppet show. I'll have 4 kids come hold the figures for the first verse: Nephi, Lamen and Lemuel, Laban and the plates. Then I'll tell the Primary we are going to sing the story to the puppeteers as they act out what we are singing (I'm assuming most of the kids know this song, if not, I'll have teachers help me sing). I'll try to use half the Primary on the 1st verse taking turns with the puppets so we can sing it a few times. The puppeteers will also be in charge of leading the Primary in the chorus actions.
Same thing for the second verse but we'll use Nephi, Laman and Lemuel and the boat.
Find my lesson plan for teaching the 3rd verse HERE.