In preparation for our Primary's Easter Sacrament Meeting musical number, we will be learning the primary song Hosanna this week using the handbells. You can find more information on where I purchased my handbells and how I use them HERE.
The bells will occupy most of the time. I will do a quick (like 5 minutes) to learn the song using information from A Children's Songbook Companion before I pull out the bells:
I'll write on the chalkboard the word "Hosanna" and we'll define it (I defined it HERE when we learned Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus). Then I'll have the words posted (find words to this song and others HERE) and have everyone listen as the teachers and I sing the song. I'll ask them to tell me how many times we sing "Hosanna" . Then we'll sing it again and the kids will only sing the word "Hosanna."
We'll then listen for 4 "-ing" words [RING, KING, SING, BRING] and write them on the chalkboard under "Hosanna." Then we'll sing the song together.
After it's been quickly learned, I'll pass out bells and hopefully everyone will be able to get a few turns.
As for performing it in Sacrament meeting, I will assign a few kids to ring bells. I usually pick from Sr. Primary and I'll try to pick those that haven't performed yet.
Download my to-go lesson plan HERE for quick reference.