Saturday, March 5, 2011

Stand For The Right - Audience Participation

When I was going to College, I eventually learned that I needed to employ each sensory tactic in order to really learn something.

 That means I needed to HEAR it (via professor), SEE it (via books & notes), WRITE it (re-writing and editing my notes), and SAY it
(yes, reciting out loud to myself).

This is why I love participation more than just standing there talking to kids and asking questions.  I know I find myself daydreaming in classes like that, at it's a sure thing the kids do, too.

This week I'll divide the kids into four areas.  Each area will be assigned a rhythm method for their line of the song.  (i.e. clapping, snapping, leg slapping, foot pounding, etc.)  All to the beat.  It's in 3/4 time, so the rhythm is 1- 2 -3, 1- 2 -3, 1- 2 -3, etc.  After practicing their rhythms, I'll sing the words, and the kids can sing along as they feel ready.

So Area #1 will clap 1-2-3, 1-2-3,...while singing "Our Prophet has some words for you"

Area #2 will snap to the beat while singing "And these are the words, Be True, Be True"

Area #3 will hit their legs and sing, "At work or at play, in darkness or light"

Area #4 will pound their feet to the beat and sing, "Be True, Be True and Stand for the Right."  In which EVERYONE will STAND when the words, "Stand For the Right" are sung.  That way, everyone must pay attention.

After each area knows their own line, I'll have everyone sing the whole thing, changing rhythm methods as they sing each line.  It might be fun to have a child from each area come up and do the actions while everyone sings with them.....sort of a game to see who can go through the whole song without messing up.


  1. I LOVE this idea! Why didn't I think of it? ;)
    Oh, yeah... because YOU are the bomb! I played the drums in school, so rhythms are right up my alley.

    I was going to introduce the song by reading this talk
    telling how Spencer W. Kimball stood for the right as a child... then talk about how WE can stand for the right. But your idea will make it much more fun! Thanks!

  2. Fostera, THANK YOU for sharing that talk! I think I'll add it to the introduction of the song, too. I even think I know the tune of that song he referred to.

    And another THANK YOU for your kind words. It's always nice to know somebody reads this stuff. :)

  3. YES!!! I love it! I could use this as a review idea, too. Have fun with it!

  4. Great idea! I have been wanting to do some rhythm activities to learn a song. This is just right. Thank you.

  5. Susan, I think you must have had fun! I love doing rhythm stuff. I'm glad Fostera shared that talk also, it will make a nice attention getter, even on later review weeks.

  6. I did use the talk for the intro, and sang the little part of the song to them. They really liked the story.

    We did have fun. It was one of our best times.

  7. I am so excited to try this tomorrow in junior primary! Thanks for the idea!