At the front of the room are two signs:
I ask the children to look around the room and see all of the possibilities for work or play that are on word strips around the room. “As I sing this song, I will tap you on the shoulder. I would like you to choose one of these and decide whether it is work or play.”
I start to sing. “Our prophet has some words for you….” I tap various children on the shoulder to choose a word and put it in the right category. As I am singing, I am keeping the beat by doing a patsch, clap, clap pattern with my hands. (Some of the children will then follow that pattern, but that is not the emphasis of this activity, only a management technique that allows movement.)
If you are doing this in a Younger Primary, you will need to add an additional direction. “I’m going to tap a younger child on the shoulder. Go choose an older child that can read so that he or she can help you.” (This works well in a mixed age Primary, also.)
I find that I am singing the song through about 5 times or so until all the word strips are brought up to the front and categorized.
I ask the children, “How can you be true when you are ____________?” (I point to one of the word strips and ask about that activity.)
When I receive an answer from one or two of the children, I then sing the last “Be true, be true, and stand for the right.” (clapping to emphasize Stand for the Right.) I repeat this line of questioning for about three or four of the activities, then we sing the whole song together. I add in the patsch, clap, clap pattern as we sing. On the words “Stand for the Right,” I clap and emphasize each word (4 claps).
This activity is colorful, has a lot of participation, and the children hear the song over and over again without realizing how many times they are hearing it. And it is engaging for the children!