Pinterest link: Stand for the Right
Website link: Music for Primary
When I read this idea on Pinterest, I realized it's another material-less, print-less, buy-less activity that teaches the primary kids the song using tactile methods. My junior and senior primary kids loved learning this song! Because the method to learn was different, they jumped on board.
Let's start with the first line: "Our prophet has some words for you..." Have one CTR/Valiant class clap the 1-2-3, 1-2-3 time signature rhythm mentioned on the website. Once they've got it down, have them sing the words as they clap. At this point, they only clap to and sing this line of the song.
Next line: "And these are the words, 'Be True, be true.'" Have a different CTR/Valiant class pat - not slap - their legs to the 1-2-3 rhythm. Once they've got it down, have them sing the words as they pat. At this point, they only pat to and sing this line of the song.
Third line: "At work or at play, in darkness or light..." Have a third CTR/Valiant class snap their fingers to the 1-2-3 rhythm. If they can't snap, have them tap their fingers together in a fake snap. Once they've got it down, have them sing the words as they snap. At this point, they only snap to and sing this line of the song.
I chose to split up the last line into "Be true, be true..." and "And stand for the right." I specifically gave the "Be true, be true..." line to the to the youngest groups in each primary: Sunbeams and CTR 4 in junior primary, and Valiant 8 in senior primary. For both groups, I simply had them say the words, no motion involved.
For the "And stand for the right" part, I had the entire primary stand up and sing the line.
After we followed this routine a few times, singing through the short song completely, I had the entire primary do all the motions and sing all the lines. It was a great success!
I'm even thinking of teaching the Nursery the words and motions. I don't expect it to be as near a success with such tiny ones, but they'll love hearing the song, and what 18 month old-3 year old doesn't like to clap, pat, snap, and stand up? :)
Have you taught this song? If so, what method(s) did you use, and how did it go?