I’m revisiting an earlier idea to share just the first letters of each word, but with a brand new twist and approach! You’ll love this Stand for the Right First Letters Map activity! There’s several fun ways to adapt and use this lesson plan to help it best fit your Primary.
Stand for the Right First Letters
How to Play:
Sing through Stand for the Right (flip chart) once before introducing this activity.
Put out the first letter grids in order from left to right – 4 pages in a row. This will connect the lyrics in the correct order. Ask the children what they see? What might our activity today be?
They might say things such as I see a bunch of letters, or call out a specific letter, or notice patterns in the letters, pick out a color, or any other thing they notice. You can pick one of those elements to talk about or just share how those are all wonderful things you’ve noticed!
Sing through the song again while searching for clues to help crack the pattern.
Point out one of the patterns and how it might fit with the song. Do you think that’s right? Let’s test it out! Sing through the song again pointing out one of the patterns such as pointing to each letter while you sing a word or singing the word “true” extra loud as you point to those words in their spot!
Continue to make your way singing through the song lots of times while picking out patterns and sequences to crack the song code!
Rearrange: Have 4 kids come up front and hold one of the first letter pages each. Have the rest of the Primary help rearrange the kiddos until they are standing in the correct order. Then, you can post them up on the board.
Puzzle: Cut out the first letter pages into puzzle pieces. You can cut each page into pages following the grid lines or cut each row out to make 3 letter combinations for a more challenging puzzle.
Letter Scramble: Cut out all the letter tiles and scramble them up together and put them around the whiteboard or on a table. Use a blank grid and have the children put the letters into the correct spots!
Color Code: Use the color coded words for a fun extension to talk about the patterns.
- Orange = Our, Prophet, You (Who)
- Green = Words, Stand (What)
- Red = Work, Play (Where)
- Yellow = Darkness, Light (When)
- Purple = Be
- Blue = True / Right
Letter Maze: Fill in the 1-page letter word puzzle individually for small Primary groups or families!
Word Strips: For Junior Primary you might try to unscramble the word phrases instead. You can read the phrases and ask them to help you put them in order.
Jesus Once Was a Little Child First Letters singing time idea over here!
Stand for the Right First Letters Printables
You’ll be ready to go to use this activity with these printable song helps! This printable includes a 4-page printable in black and whitePlus, the word strips option for Junior Primary!
You’ll find even more awesome printables to use with this lesson plan included in the extended printables in the INSTANT Primary Singing membership when Stand for the Right is the featured song! They include a 1-page printable worksheet for kids to try individually, a single page with all the letter cards for printer-friendly option, and larger 1/4 sheet letter cards for big Primary groups.
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For another wonderful way to teach this song, pop over to this Stand for the Right Pat Instead activity!
Share your adaptations and how you used this activity in your own Primary room! What part did the kids love best?
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