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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Keep the Commandments

To coincide with month's theme, "Families are blessed when they follow the prophet," I chose the song, Keep the Commandments.

I'm keeping the lesson plan REAL simple this week!

I first printed the simple flip chart HERE (I omitted the last page) on card stock and placed the pages in sheet protectors.  I'm not a huge fan of using a flip chart and just standing there as you read off each page {YAWN!}.  But I think if they are occasionally used, and in conjunction with some sort of activity, they can be a very valuable resource.

Before primary, draw 6 large commandment tablets with chalk on the chalkboard (3 on top and 3 on the bottom) big enough to each hold a sheet of paper (see the example below).  Then tape the 6 flip chart pages around the room and out of order.

(never mind my kids' dirty chalkboard!)

To introduce the song, I'm using the simple ATTENTION-GETTER suggested in A Children's Songbook Companion.  I don't want to infringe on copyright material so I won't post details.  But if you want to know more about the book, see my post HERE.

You (and any teachers) sing the song as the kids locate the first page.  Once found, tape it onto the first chalk tablet on the chalkboard (see the picture above).  Sing the first phrase.  Repeat until all 6 pages are taped on the chalkboard in order.

I'm assuming a lot of the kids (at least the older kids) know this song and will get through everything very quickly.  So if time permits, I'll gradually remove each page and let a child come draw that phrase with chalk, thus omitting the words, singing each phrase and repeating until all pages are down and chalk pictures are drawn in.

Find my handbell note chart for this song HERE.  When we perform this song for the program, I'm planning on using the handbells.

1 comment:

Ashley W. said...

I also chose this song for May. This seems like such a simple but great idea. I'm excited to see the handbell chart for the obbligato! I wanted to include the obbligato in the program, but I don't love the idea of having a soloist and we don't have any flutists (except myself) in our primary. Plus, I love that it gives even those kids who don't play instruments a chance to play in the program.