Follow along with this Seek the Lord Early Melody Bar chart that demonstrates the melody in a fun and unique way! It’s designed around a traditional bar chart with the notes raising and falling with the melody. You can easily show or remove the words as it best fits your Primary.
Seek the Lord Early Melody Bar Chart
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How to Play:
Sing through Seek the Lord Early (flip chart here) song once first before introducing your activity.
Then, reveal (or point out) your melody bar chart if it’s already up on the board. Do you want to see what this song looks like visually? What is something you notice? (Take an answer or two) Let’s sing through the song and see if we can find any clues.
Sing through the song again and look for clues about some of the things the children already mentioned about what they noticed. Then, expand on their first answers. They might have said things such as I see lots of colors or there are a bunch of bars or some are bigger and some are smaller.
Explore these different concepts:
- Why the bars raise and lower (following the melody)
- What the colors might represent.
- What about some of the different bar widths.
- Do they notice 2 extra skinny notes? What happens to the music there?
- Which note do we hold the longest?
Between each explanation, sing through the song again. You should be able to get through singing the song 5-6 times.
- Orange = I’ll, my, me, our, I
- Purple = Lord, he, him, Father, his
- Green = Action Words = Seek, help, search, find, go, obey, keep, found
- Blue = Sources of Truth = Know, truth, scriptures, prayer, prophets, commandments
Have the kids color in the notes. Give them the color guide, and then they help you color them in. I really love this idea of giving them ownership of the melody bar chart, so I included a white and light grey version that’s ready to go!
For another fun twist, you could add a simple action to match a color – such as jump up and sit back down on orange (any references to self).
One more fun extension idea is to divide the Primary room into 2 groups. Have the two sides sing every other page of the chart and silent sing the next page. This is a wonderful way to challenge them, keep them focused and paying attention, and silent singing works wonders to help them really cement the words!
For another really fun singing time that uses a similar bar style melody chart, see this An Angel Came to Joseph Smith melody chart! If you haven’t heard that song before, it’s SO cute and in the songbook!
Printable Seek the Lord Early Melody Bar Chart and Lesson Plan
I’ve included both a colored in and an uncolored printer friendly version of my Seek the Lord Early Melody Bar chart in this printable.
First, it includes a 1-page overview of the singing time idea and lesson plan, how to use the melody chart, and fun extension ideas.
Then, the melody chart is 12 pages long. You can choose the already colored in one that’s ready to go or pick the one with a really light grey for the unaccented words and white for the colored words and either color it in yourself or use our extension idea above to color it in during Singing Time!
Either way, both versions have the lyrics line on top. You can simply cut off or fold down the lyrics if you choose not to display them. You could also start with them visible, then fold them down (have them pre-creased so this is easy to do!).
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You can head over here to see this super fun Seek the Lord Early Crossword Puzzle for singing time next!
What other fun extension ideas would you add when teaching with this Seek the Lord Early Melody Bar Chart? Have you tried this singing time idea? Let us know how it went!