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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus 1st Verse

To teach this song, I knew I wanted to use church approved pictures to portray all the stories of Jesus.  There are LOTS of pictures to choose from and in my opinion, they are the best option around.  I landed on this post HERE and am pretty much going to give this lesson plan.

The pictures I'll be using are from the Gospel Art Book (GAB) all found HERE to download or you can buy a book at your local Distribution Center or online HERE. See how I've taken mine apart HERE for better use in lessons.

Attention Getter: Today we're going to learn a song about telling stories, but these aren't pretend stories.  These are real stories about Jesus.

Write the first line on the chalkboard, ”Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear."  You and the teachers sing the line.  Can you think of some of your favorite stories of Jesus?  Take quick answers.

Post the picture of the Nativity; ask the primary about this story of Jesus.  Sing the first line with the primary.

Repeat with pictures of Christ’s baptism, Raising Jairus’ daughter and Christ with the Nephite Children.

Raising Jairus' Daughter:

Christ with the Nephite Children:

Write and sing the next line on the chalkboard underneath the 4 posted pictures: “Things I would ask him to tell me if he were here.” and explain what it means.  "If Jesus were here right now, what question would you like to ask Him?  What story would you ask Him to tell?" Sing the line, have 4 children share their question; sing the line in between each one.

Write and sing the next line, “scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea.”  Explain that this line tells about two places where Jesus spent lots of time: the wayside and the sea.

What is the wayside? Take answers.  Post the picture of the Sermon on the Mount.  The wayside is someplace out of the way of the city like the countryside.  

Sermon on the Mount:

Post the picture of Jesus on the boat.  Ask the primary if they know of any stories of Jesus at sea (calming the storm, walking on water, the fishing boat, etc.)

Calming the Storm:
There are also pictures in the GAB of the other "sea" stories you can use if you like.

Sing the last line and post a picture of Christ (I liked this one of the 2nd coming).  Have children share more stories of Jesus. Repeat singing the whole song as desired, sharing stories of Christ in between.

**The secret to making this work is to keep it fast paced, so the repetition of each line is only interrupted by a small amount of talking.  The purpose is not to tell any of the stories in detail, just to remind them of the story with a few words.

You can download my quick reference guide I'll be using as I teach HERE if it helps.

I am also adding some simple hand actions for Junior as we add each line since most of them can't read.  They can help me come up with actions.

Find my lesson plan for teaching the 2nd and 3rd verses HERE. Then I have an optional bell lesson plan HERE that is great for reviewing!


Kimberly said...

Thank you Camille for taking the time to share your wonderful ideas! You are blessing our primary all the way in Cambodia. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm going to try this tomorrow but in Spanish ... Hoping for success

Michelle said...
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Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing! I agree, the reading activities just don't cut it for the little ones. I have an activity for junior primary that I love, where I use a lot of the same pictures you show here. I hold one at a time, and I ask the children to memorize the picture while I sing the verse through. Then, I hide the picture and ask them questions about details. I repeat with another picture. Though they're not singing, the kids soak up the meaning of the song while they're hearing it over and over.