For fun and easy ways to teach this song, see all of these wonderful Choose the Right Way Singing Time ideas in this post! You’ll quickly be on your way to helping the kids learn this song in Primary!
This is another song pick I have planned way later in the year, in December. I am simplifying our program songs for this year and doing the 1st verse only, to save time for the Primary Program. With that in mind, I’ll have plenty of time to teach my November (Search, Ponder and Pray) and December picks earlier in the year and have them ready for the program!
I began teaching Choose the Right Way in January and will continue learning this song along side other primary songs all year long on rotation! See how I plan a year of singing time lessons. Today, I have a whole bunch of fun Primary singing time ideas for this great song.
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How do I teach the song Choose the Right Way?
Sign language is a fun and effective way to teach Choose the Right Way. You can use the main keywords of the song with the ASL sign language cards to make it easy.
The clap instead activity below is a great next activity to add in movement and directed listening for the specific lyrics while singing in their head the words to skip singing! There’s lots of fun and varied ways to teach this song included in this post to help you in whatever way you’d like to teach this song in your Primary.
Choose the Right Way Teaching Packet
Jump right in to teaching this fun upbeat Primary song with this great assortment of teaching ideas! You’ll find ASL, clap instead, a hand bells chart, hidden picture and more all with extra printables and a ready to use packet with all the ideas in one spot – including a gorgeous custom art flip chart! You can find this Choose the Right Way singing time packet in my shop here. It is also available in my Etsy store here.
Choose the Right Way Flip Charts
Here’s my printable Choose the Right Way Flip Chart to help kick off your lesson plans! There are several different styles of printable flipcharts you can use pictures and color version, a black and white color-in version and even a digital slideshow option to help you teach this song. Now, let’s jump right into the different ways to teach this song and singing time activities.
This song is found in the Children’s Songbook page #160. You can find printable sheet music on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website here.
10 Choose the Right Way Singing Time Ideas
This post will help you find all of my Choose the Right Way teaching ideas around this blog. Plus, I’m also sharing additional favorite lesson plans from other Primary music leaders at the end of this post!
1. Choose the Right Way – Hidden Picture
Your Primary children will love uncovering the message in this Choose the Right Way Hidden Picture! This is the perfect activity for teaching the first verse. Let the kids come up and color in the color-coded letter boxes until they can read the message it reveals. Then, you can share the meaning of the song lyrics in a purposeful way! I even have a large print format that uses 9 pages so it’s poster board sized for a large Primary room.
2. Choose the Right Way – Sign Language
You’ll love this purposeful hand actions idea where the kids learn real ASL signs for some of the keywords in this Choose the Right Way Sign Language lesson plan! It’s a great way to add in some movement and focus on the message of the song with signs they’ll remember for a long time with action word actions.
3. Choose the Right Way – Scripture Connection
Draw a connection to the weekly Come, Follow Me lesson curriculum with a scripture connection to Choose the Right Way! Let the older children learn from the scriptures while also repeating and learning to love the song as they think about what it means to choose to live the right way and how choosing the right might impact their life!
4. Choose the Right Way – Stand Alone Video
I absolutely love the video by President Monson where he shared his experience standing up for what he believed in while in the military! See how we use the Stand Alone Video to teach Choose the Right Way. It’s a perfect tie in for this song with a spiritual message!
5. Choose the Right Way – Clap Instead
This is a super fun and really simple way to add in lots and lots of repetition singing! In this Choose the Right Way Clap Instead activity, the kids will clap instead of select keywords, but don’t worry they’re still singing them in their head to follow along with what comes next! You could even cut them out into word strips and have the children help you get them back into the correct order.
6. Choose the Right Way – Choose Missing Word
Use this missing words activity to easily repeat Choose the Right Way over and over while adding fun actions and movement as they try to puzzle their way through the song figuring out what words are missing. This is the best way for engaging logical learners in you activity!
7. Choose the Right Way – Mirror Your Partner
Your Primary kids will love getting silly – but with a purpose – in this Choose the Right Way Mirror Your Partner activity! Have them follow along the correct way, then try the “wrong” or silly way instead! If you have extra time, let the different class groups each take a turn coming up with a challenge with a crazy thing or two in the mix!
8. Choose the Right Way – Warning Sounds
Introduce a variety of different short audio clips to talk about the powerful impact of sound. How can sound help us Choose the Right Way? Can the young children think of a still small sound that helps direct us and guide us?
9. Choose the Right Way – Handbell Chart
Get started teaching this song with this Choose the Right Way handbells chart! Play along with the notes for the chorus using your handbells for some fun while focusing on teaching the lyrics for the verse.
10. Choose the Right Way – Song Story
Pick out a story from The Friend magazine and add in lines of the song throughout the story! I really like this short and sweet story about cheating that was written by a 7 year old, called Cheating is Poisonous.
Choose the Right Way Song Story
When I was in first grade, I had a spelling test every Friday. One week I practiced really hard, but I still couldn’t get the word poisonous right.
Sing: There’s a right way to live and be happy; It is choosing the right ev’ry day.
When it was time to take the test, I decided to write the word poisonous on the back of the paper I used to cover my test. I quickly put the paper in my desk so that I wouldn’t be tempted to cheat, but I secretly took it out again when it was almost time for the word poisonous.
Sing: I am learning the teachings of Jesus; They will help me and show me the way.
As I thought about the word poisonous, I had a strong feeling that cheating was poison to my spirit. So I put the paper back in my desk for good! I still didn’t spell the word poisonous right, but I felt great and peaceful inside about not cheating and for choosing the right.
Sing: Choose the right way and be happy. I must always choose the right.
15 More Ways to Teach Choose the Right Way
Here’s a fun variety of different activities to help you teach this as a new song with ideas from other Primary Chorister or music leaders!
1. Choose the Right Way Paper Plates
You can follow along with this fun paper plates pattern to get up and moving in singing time! It looks like a fun and easy idea that would be good for both younger children and your Senior Primary! For a challenge, try this with paper cups instead!
2. Choose the Right Way – Sing-Along Video
Use this fun Choose the Right Way Sing-Along Video to introduce the song for the first time! It’s a cute and easy way to get exposure to the song for the first time. Run through the video once with the children listening and following along. Then singing along. Then one more time with their best posture!
3. Choose the Right Way – Be Happy!
Tie in the important keywords of “Be Happy!” and how choosing the right does make us happy with this adorable and simple singing time idea by I Heart Primary Music! Just pass out smiley faces and have them pass them down the row to the right throughout the song for a fun game. Get all the details over in her lesson plan here!
4. Guitar Solo (YouTube)
5. ASL Video (YouTube)
6. Simple body rhythm pattern (LDS Music Mom Blog)
7. Hidden Object (Facebook Group)
8. Clap the “Right Way” (Facebook Group)
9. Hand Actions (Facebook Group)
10. Right Turn (Facebook Group)
11. Charades of “right” things (Facebook Group)
12. Instrumental Sing-Along (YouTube)
13. Sing-Along Magic (YouTube)
14. Karaoke Sing-Along Video (YouTube)
15. Fun Upbeat Saloon Style Arrangement (YouTube)
Pop over to this post next to see lots more fun teaching activities with these Stand for the Right Singing Time Ideas!
What other ideas do you have for teaching Choose the Right Way this year?