If you’re looking for a unique way to teach Redeemer of Israel, you’ll love our Redeemer of Israel Dot Words singing time idea! It’s a creative way to break down the lyrics and focus on the keywords with lots of repetition.
Your logic learners will love trying to crack the code while you can extend it with movement and word matching for a well rounded activity!
Redeemer of Israel is one of our Come Follow Me Old Testament Primary Songs picks for the year. It’s a fun hymn to teach as it’s so upbeat and yet short so even though it has lots of big words, you can break it down and teach a hymn the kids will recognize on Sundays in Sacrament meeting!
Redeemer of Israel Dot Words
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How to Play:
Sing through Redeemer of Israel (lyrics here) once, before introducing the activity.
Post the 2-page poster with your choice of with or without the words filled in.
Ask the children what they notice. What patterns do they see?
Sing through the song again and have them look and see if they can find any patterns.
Pass out the 6 words randomly to the class or post them on the board. Have the kids listen carefully and try to figure out where their word will go in the blanks. After each time through the song, add one of the missing words.
The dots represent “small” filler words, and the dashes represents more significant words. Then fill in the square boxes with the main keywords of the song!
An example of how this crack the code is setup looks like this:
– . – . . [Delight]
Redeemer of Israel our only Delight
- Skip singing the keywords. Then switch, skip singing the other words and sing only the keywords.
- Clap on the dashes (-) and pat on the dots (.)
- Add a different unique action for each of the 6 keywords.
- Cut out each of the song lines (3 word strips per page) and mix them up on the board. Have the kids help get them back in the correct order.
- Have the kids write-in the missing word or draw a picture to represent it, instead of using the provided word bank.
You’ll find more ideas for using a crack the code in singing time and expand on this lesson plan with our fun I Feel My Savior’s Love Crack the Code singing time idea!
Redeemer of Israel Dot Words
Printable Singing Time Lesson Plan
Your Primary will have a great time with this unique crack the code and add-a-word singing time idea! Our printable lesson plan (below) includes a 1-page overview of how to play with extension ideas.
You’ll be able to print a 2-page version that has the keywords already included within the chart. This option may be best for younger Primary groups. Or for those that want simplicity.
There’s another 3-page version that has blank squares ready to add the page of word strips or write in the words! You can ask for the word and then help them spell it out or just add it yourself with their answers.
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Another singing time idea that will be perfect to use next when teaching this hymn is our Redeemer of Israel Word Map lesson plan! You’ll dive into the keywords and how they all connect in this visual way to break down the words.
I’d love to hear how you will use this Redeemer of Israel Dot Words activity! Any fun ways to extend or adapt it to your Primary? How did the activity go over with your kiddos?