Saturday, January 31, 2009

How Firm a Foundation

Special thanks to Arizona Girl for the awesome brick idea, I loved it and borrowed it. I think I'll use some hard core magnets to keep them on the white board. We're going to build our house up, then I'll toss a paper roof on top once our foundation is laid.
Also thanks to the idea on Primusic (the Yahoo group) (at least I think that's where I read the idea), which tossed out the idea of using Uno Attack to spit out cards to primary kids to get them all involved. I don't have Uno Attack, but I started making cards as if I was going to go buy it. Now that I think about it, I won't since we rarely even use our regular Uno game. So, I'm going to use the following cards as a game once we learn the first verse.
As you can see, I had some trivia cards (thanks to the Primusic group for the first few trivia questions - they came up with those), some "take away" cards (which comes from Arizona Girl's idea of turning around the bricks as the kids learn the words), some "Mix it up" cards, word king, hide-the-note, "music moment" (the repeat signs were another idea by Arizona girl & I thought today would be a good day to teach about those. Also can use the music leading instruction I taught last month for this category), and vocab/spelling (the vocab questions will hopefully help clarify some harder words that have multiple meanings).

1. Trivia: what kind of foundation should we have?
2. Trivia: What sentence is repeated 3 times?
3. trivia: How will Heavenly Father give us aid? (name 1 unnamed of the 3 promises)
4. trivia: how will Heavenly Father give us aid? (name 1 unnamed of the 3 promises)
5. trivia: how will heavenly father give us aid? (name 1 unnamed of 3 promises)
1. Take away 1 word
2. take away 2 words
3. take away 3 words
4. take away 4 words
5. take away 5 words
1. Mix it up!!! Mix up one line and you put it back together while we sing through it.
2. Mix it up!!! Mix up one line and you put it back together while we sing through it.
3. Mix it up!!! Mix up one line and you put it back together while we sing through it.
4. Mix it up!!! Mix up one line and you put it back together while we sing through it.
5. Mix it up!!! Mix up one line and you put it back together while we sing through it.
1. Word King
2. Word King
3. Word King
4. Word King
5. Word King
1. Hide the Note
2. Hide the Note
3. Hide the Note
4. Hide the Note
5. Hide the Note
1. Music moment: draw a repeat sign for me.
2. music moment: guess how many beats per measure?
3. music moment: Show me how to conduct one measure. I’ll draw it on the board.
4. Music moment: you or your teacher gets to lead us in singing the song one time!
5. Music moment: Let’s work on our crescendo and decrescendo. Start every other line <>
1. Vocab time: Define “refuge” as used in this song
2. Vocab time: define “laid” as used in this song
3. vocab time: define what “His excellent word” might be, as used in this song.
4. Spelling time: can you spell the fourth row, 2nd brick word correctly (not like sis. Carp spelled it)
5. Spelling time: can you spell the word used twice with a black background and a yellow number on it (the real way, as used in the song)
6. Vocab time: define "fled" as used in this song


There's my general lesson plan. I'll refine and rerefine about a thousand times before tomorrow, but I thought I'd toss it up real quick with the general idea.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I Lived in Heaven: week 2

Junior Primary:
Got a call from the presidency member who’s in charge of sharing time tomorrow and she’d like to combine both sharing and singing this week, as we’re supposed to be doing. Hopefully singing and sharing time will be all together the whole time, so I won’t have to do much singing time by itself. During sharing time, we are to sing “I Will Follow God’s Plan” (164) and “I Lived in Heaven” (4). Also, we’re to sing a missionary song (“I Hope They Call Me on a Mission” 169), a family song (“Families Can be Together Forever” 188 or “Love is Spoken Here” 190), and a service song (“Called to Serve” 174). I’ll be getting a cheat sheet for “IWFGP” since I don’t know how well we know it. (Thanks, Jolly Jenn:
If we do have additional singing time, we can continue with verse 2 since junior sort of went over it, though I doubt they will remember any of it. We did the “play” last week, but I thought we could sing the verse a few times with some games and then do the play again, but ask the questions to the group every now and then and see if they know the next line.
Activities to review verse 2:
Pass out one line to each class and have them learn their line really well. Then hopefully each class can sing their line by themselves at least one time through. Maybe we’ll have one class stand up in front and the rest of the groups will sing all the other lines except the class’s line. So if class 6 has the line about “There was another who sought for the honor divine,” we’ll sing the first, second, and fourth lines around it while that class only sings the third.
As we sing through the verse each time and pass off the line that the class is to sing, I’ll let them place a note on a musical staff (only one measure) I’ll draw on the board. If we can get all four lines, we can have a whole measure of music for our pianist to play! Our awesome composition ought to be very interesting…

Senior Primary:
We’ll just work on memorizing verse 2 and then start on 3 if we have lots of time. So, we can use the “skit” from last week since we only got to do the first verse. We can also do the blue/black back-n-forth game with the word strips from the “skit” thing. If that’s not fun, we can try out the notes/measure activity.
Also wanted to review 6/8 time… that’s a fun one. I thought I’d have the kids listen as Sis. Lofgren plays the song (I Lived in Heaven #4) through and I’d ask how many beats they can hear in each measure. (We might want to do this after the measure/note game above so they can see what a measure is and stuff. Unfortunately, I just did two quarter notes, a half note, and a whole note, so the board’s measure will be 6/4 time instead – that’s hard to explain, so I might just skip it, I’m not sure what I’ll do.) Anyway, I’m sure someone will hear that there’s 6 beats per measure, then we can try to learn a bit about conducting 6/8 time, then some helpers who’re interested can do the leading so I can have a break every once in a while. Whew, a break sounds nice.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Resolution Tic-Tac-Toe

I called in sick last week to primary, as everyone at work decided to pass around some sort of stomach flu or something. However, I had a lesson ready to go. Sharing time went over, so they didn't need to use it, but it's still a fairly simple idea and I LOVE simple ideas after years of primary chorister-ing!

Chop up a bunch of X's and a bunch of O's and number 9 squares 1 through 9. Behind the squares goes the different page numbers to songs and one little phrase from that song that could be really great goals (or resolutions) for the new year. I wanted to do a "top ten" songs chosen by the primary kids for the year, but basically the kids just choose whatever we sang last week when I ask them their favorites, so I just wrote down several they chose from the snow ball day a few weeks ago. Here was our songs and phrases that could pass as resolutions:

  1. A Child's Prayer, p. 12: "In prayer, I'm coming now to thee"
  2. Sunbeam p. 60: "Shine for Him each day" or "...try to please Him"
  3. Once There Was a Sonwman, p. 249: stand "tall, tall, tall"
  4. Book of Mormon Stories, p. 118: "We must brother's be..."
  5. My Hands, p. 273: "Just see how quet they can be"
  6. I Am a Child of God, p. 2: "Learn to do His will"
  7. Armies of Helaman, p. 172: "...we understand, that we must do as the Lord commands"
  8. Scripture Power: "...I'm changing what I'll be..."
  9. Your teacher's favorite song

When X or O chooses a number, then I read off the "resolution phrase" and if they can figure out the song they get to place their X or O in the square. If not, we move on or whatever. When they guess the right one, we sing it and then hopefully talk about the resolution/goal and how to achieve that goal of being a little bit better. Fun stuff.

I don't know if it works well, but thought I'd put it on the blog for those of us who occasionally wait until the eleventh hour to plan a lesson! Shoot, it's still the first month of the year, it's not too late to make 2009 resolutions... I am the queen of celebrating holidays/etc. after the actual holiday!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

I Lived in Heaven

CS 4

Contributors to ePrimary had the cutest ideas, and I will borrow big time from this one:

This gal wrote up a little skit of sorts that asks all the questions answered in the song "I Lived in Heaven". I'm sure the kids know much of this song, but really listening to the words is probably a good idea since we don't always hear what we're singing if we sung it a thousand times! Each class that sings/is reverent will be chosen and their teachers will play "ME" and "Friend" in the little play. I think it'll be cute.

Then, as the questions are answered, I'll tape the word strips up on the whiteboard. I have them colored 2 colors, just alternating so that we can play games where we mix it up after we sing it a few times. I'll probably have the west half of the room sing the blue lines and the eastern half sing black or whatev. We'll take "intermission" breaks after each verse answered in the skit so then more teachers can act and we can sing it a couple times in between each third of the play. I'll probably stretch it out over 2 weeks unless I have a ton of time. We'll see.

Here's her (Jenny on ePrimary) cute skit thing:

Did you know that " I lived in heaven" ?
You did? When?
"A long time ago"
No way......really?
"It is true" (I shared that this statement would be a bold one, not said with a soft tone but a firm conviction)
What did you do there?
"Lived there and loved there "
With who?
"With people I know, so did you!"
What happened there?
Then Heavenly Father presented a beautiful plan
What about?
All about earth
Anything else?
and eternal salvation for man.
How could we live with God forever again?
Father said he needed someone who had enough love
To do what?
To give his life
so we all could return there above
What a great blessing!
There was another
Who? Satan?
who sought for the honor divine
Oh no! What happened?
ME (nod head yes)
Jesus said, "Father, send me, and the glory be thine."
Was Jesus chosen?
Jesus was chosen
Then what did he do?
As the Messiah he came
What does a Messiah do?
Conquering evil and death,
Wow! How did he do that?
Through his glorious name
What did His sacrifice do for us?
Giving us hope
Hope for what?
of a wonderful life yet to be
What life is that?
Home in that heaven
Is anyone we know in heaven?
where Father is waiting for me.
Wow! I hope to return there someday too!