Here's my plan.
PREPARE: Number 8 different colors of cards and tape them to the chalkboard in a verticle line - #1 at the bottom, #8 at the top. Write a challenge (see below) on the back each card. To make it versatile enough for Junior and Senior Primary, some will have a BONUS CHALLENGE in addition to the basic challenge.
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CHALLENGES: Here are the ones I came up with, but you might want to customize them for your Primary. We have only learned the chorus, so our first challenge will be to learn two verses.
CHALLENGE #1 TEACH IT
Teach each other the song using Teaching Kits. Read this post for the details. We'll do one verse this week and one next. If you've already taught the song, have each class 'teach' what a certain phrase means, i.e. "What does 'When in the right your heart confides' mean?"
CHALLENGE #2 SEAT EXCHANGE
Move one seat to the right whenever we sing "right" (or step to the right)
BONUS: Move one seat to the left whenever we sing "choose" (or step to the left)
[Alternate Challenge: Stand whenever we sing "right" BONUS: Raise hands whenever we sing "choose"]
CHALLENGE #3 ROLLER COASTER
Pitch lead with the body, click on the link for more details.
CHALLENGE #4 PICTURE STICKS
Divide children into four groups. Give each group a different set of picture sticks, CTR Shield, Wisdom, Light, Jesus. (click on the link for more details) Sing the song. When we get to the chorus, the children only sing the phrase that their picture stick corresponds to.
BONUS: Put the sticks in order for the chorus. Choose children to hold 3 CTR Shield Picture Sticks (one for each time we sing "Choose the Right") and the other three Picture Sticks. Have them get in the right order while singing the chorus.
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Use wide crafts sticks to tap a four beat rhythm while singing the song. The craft sticks take time to pass out, but they are fun for the kids to use. I give one to each child and they tap it on their hand or lap. Set clear expectations, take them away from children if they don't follow the expectations and empower the teachers to take them away too. If you're pressed for time just have them use their fingers to tap.
I've made four rhythm cards you can print. Click here to download.
BONUS: TAP IT X 2 Divide the children into two groups and tap two different rhythms at the same time! (Have a leader for both groups, it really helps.)
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Put the melody maps in order on the chalkboard. There is one melody map for each phrase of the song. (Melody Maps show the rise and fall of the pitch.) Write numbers on the chalkboard where each melody map should go. Hand out the melody maps to different classes, maybe two per class, and have them put them in the right place on the board while the song is sung.
To download the Melody Maps click here. There are two per page, with a cut line between the two. They are in order, but you'll notice there are 6 that are the same and will be interchangeable.
[Simplified Challenge: Just do the chorus]
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Play the bells for the 3 note ascending and descending patterns. ("Choose the Right" "In the Right" "And it's light"etc.) My kids LOVE the bells! I've made a Bells Chart similar to the Melody Map. Click here to download. There are two patterns to a page and each pattern is numbered. Simply print out, cut on dotted line and put them on the board in the right order. Then pass out the bells (again, strict expectations) and make sure that you point to the colored dots as you go so the children know when to play. Have fun!
BONUS: Play melody and harmony for the 3 note ascending and descending patterns
CHALLENGE #8 SING IT
Sing the harmony on the 3 note ascending and descending patterns. ("Choose the Right" "In the Right" "And it's light"etc.) This might seem daunting, but Senior Primary is definitely capable. If you don't want to attempt this with the Junior Primary, just have 7 CHALLENGES for them. My mom taught my sisters and me to sing harmony when we were kids and I loved it! You might have some kids that just don't get it, but some that really enjoy it.
Teach everyone the harmony first, then divide the group in two. Half sings the melody and half sings the harmony. Make sure when you divide the group that you put some strong singers in the harmony group!
Remember, these are all just suggestions. You can adapt it however you wish.