I absolutely love teaching I Will Be What I Believe! My Primary children fell in love with this song (and so did I). They sing it out with so much power and enthusiasm and it makes me tear up every time.
This lovely song was written by Blake Gillette and is not included in the Children’s Songbook, so it will need permission to teach it from your Primary President and Bishopric.
In this fun activity, you’ll use these I Will Be What I Believe Keyword Pairs to teach the song line by line to build up the song lyrics and have fun at the same time with a two team challenge.
I Will Be What I Believe Keyword Pairs
Sing through I Will Be What I Believe (flip chart here) once, before introducing this activity.
Cut up and scramble all of the words into two word banks – with purple words on the left side of the board (1st words of the set) and green words on the right side of the board (the matching pairs).
Divide your Primary room into two groups – right and left. One group will be purple keywords and the other will be green keywords.
Sing through the song one line at a time and invite a child from each side of the room to be your detectives and look for the word from the line while you sing it together. When they find their keywords, put them in the middle of the board starting at the top and working your way down the board.
Begin again from the beginning and this time your purple group will SKIP singing any green words and the green group will SKIP singing any purple words. Everyone will sing all other words, but the colored words will only be sung by the group the belong to!
Keep building up your keyword pairs one line of the song at a time, always starting back and the beginning to add in tons of singing repetition as you build up the song.
I Will Be What I Believe – 1st Verse Keyword Pairs:
- WORLD – CHANGE
- PROHET – WORDS
- HARD – QUESTIONS
- Print and cut out the keyword pairs and place them in an envelope for a small group challenge. You can cut just the right hand side of words and have the kids match the words that will pair with the first set of words for an easier challenge.
- You can choose to focus on just a single verse or chorus from the song instead and use the coordinating-colored pairs. Draw blanks up on the board to represent the number of word pairs you will seek for. For example, 3 on the left and 3 on the right for the 1st verse. Hide the words around the room, then hunt for them and try to figure out where they might go on the board.
- Place all of the left (1st keyword of each pair) up on the board in order. Scramble up only the matching keyword pair words. Sing through the song together and invite a child by touching their shoulder to come up and pick any of the keywords from the word bank to match to its pair.
- Skip singing all of the words you have matched into pairs! You can alternatively add an action such as clapping, patting, or stomping for your missing keywords to add in some movement and fun.
For another fun similar activity, head over to see this The Lord Gave Me a Temple Keyword Match singing time activity!
I Will Be What I Believe Keyword Pairs Printable Song Helps
This free in-post printable includes an easy to print 1-page of the keyword pairs for the 1st verse!
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Continue over to this I Will Be What I Believe Finger Lights activity for another fun way to teach this song!
What other fun ways will you use this singing time activity in your Primary room?