At the front of the room, post these four words:
Who? What? Where? Why?
Tell the children to look around the room at the phrases on the walls. You will tap them on the shoulder to go and get one of the phrases of the song, then they decide if that phrase answers who, what, where, or why from the song you will sing and put that phase under that category. Here are the phases written on different word strips and placed around the room:
The Lord commanded Nephi
From the wicked Laban
Laman and Lemuel (I put all three of these under who?)
To go and get the plates
I will go
I will do
The things the Lord commands
This was his reply (I put these five under what?)
Inside the city gates (I put this under where?)
I know the Lord provides a way
He wants me to obey
Were both afraid to try
Nephi was courageous (I put these four under why?)
Sing the song and tap different children on the shoulder
Tap a child on the shoulder while you sing the song. Once he or she has chosen a word strip, tap another child on the shoulder to go and get another word strip (even before the first child has decided what category in which to put it). Sing the song again and again while the children bring up the word strips and put them into a category.
When the children are done bringing up all the word strips and categorizing them, ask the children to sing only the phrases that are under the who? and why? categories, and you will sing the rest.
Now ask them to sing only the what? and where? categories and you sing the rest.
This activity is a huge benefit to those children who use logic as a primary source of taking in information. It is a challenge to all older children’s emerging ability to categorize and really think about the words. Because there are many phrases, lots of children get the chance to take on the challenge. And it is fun!