Are you so excited to be teaching I Hope They Call Me on a Mission in Primary? The kids will have a blast getting in movement, feeling the melody, and learning the song with this I Hope They Call Me on a a Mission Sand Blocks rhythms lesson plans.
This cute and upbeat song is only included as a suggested Primary song for Old Testament Come Follow Me years, so if you love it as much as I do, make sure you spend a little bit of time with this one! Even if it’s just a short activity for a week or two, you won’t regret it!
*12 Ideas for Teaching I Hope They Call Me on a Mission Singing Time Ideas*
Teaching I Hope That Call Me on a Mission Sand Blocks Activity
Sing through I Hope They Call Me on a Mission lyrics once, before introducing the activity.
Have your pianist to play just the lower track of notes (if she’s capable – ask in advance!) or play the audio track without the lyrics.
Ask: Did you hear that fun little melody in the background? What did it sound like? Can you sing that little melody with me?
Show them the pattern you will use that follows the background melody, rather than the singing notes. Ask them to try it with their hands while you sing through the first verse.
Start with one hand up high and the other hand down low, bring them together, then back far apart with your hands in the opposite direction. In this way, one hand will always be up high, and the other down low, except when they meet right in the middle on the highest note.
Demonstrate with them 2 more times the intro and just the right time to come in with singing the notes.
Now, you’re ready to pass out sand blocks and have the kids join in on the fun!
Sing through I Hope They Call Me on a Mission with sand blocks! The kids may or may not sing the first time through as they concentrate on controlling the blocks in their hands. Don’t worry! Their brains are working hard!
Sing through the song again, and this time, remind them to sing along with you as they do the actions!
Invite one class to come up front at a time to demonstrate with the actions to sing on repeat a few more times.
Second / Alternate Pattern:
To switch it up, or if you’re looking for a similar alternative, you’ll use the 4-beat measure that follows along with the lyrics for this next pattern.
Start with a pat on the lap, then clap twice bringing those sand blocks together, and finally raise them up in front of you.
Pat / Clap-Clap / Up = I / hope they / call ~ me on / a mis- / -sion
Video Demo Teaching I Hope They Call Me on a Mission Sand Block Pattern
If a visual will help you better follow along with how this Sand Blocks pattern works, see this helpful short video that walks you through a demo of both patterns! Just watch it here in the post (above) or you can click here to see the video on our Singing Time Ideas YouTube Playlist!
- Have the children hum the fun melody from that bottom line of notes, instead of the words! They’ll have the song stuck in their head all week with that fun plunky tune!
- Ask the children to come up with a fun sequence of actions to try! They are super creative and will have lots of ideas!
- Try the motion on double speed! Twice per measure or what will feel like 4 times per “set” of Duh-duh-da-da-duh-duh’s.
Head over to this post where I share how to easily make and use sand block instruments! It will walk you step-by-step and give you lots of helps, too!
Printable I Hope They Call Me on a Mission Sand Blocks Singing Time Ideas
This printable will help give you a visual to share for those children that may like the extra reference – or even to help keep you on track while you’re leading! It’s a cute visual representation of each of the 2 patterns one with a number guide and one without.
Plus, as always, you’ll find helpful singing time instructions and extension activities to keep this idea neatly tucked away in your Singing Time binder until you’re ready to use it!
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What other unique I Hope They Call Me on a Mission Sand Block patterns did your Primary come up with?