For a fun way to review The Lord Gave Me a Temple this month in primary, try this Keyword Match! Challenge your primary children to match phrases of the song using only keywords!
This logical conclusions activity uses keywords from the song, like temple, home, body, and earth to create a fun matching game that your primary children will love!
The Lord Gave Me a Temple Keyword Match
The idea behind this keyword match is pretty simple. To create this matching game, I just broke down the song line by line. Then, I chose two keywords from each phrase. One keyword typically came at the beginning of the phrase, and one came at the end.
There’s actually a few different ways to set up your keyword match. The printable matching pages included later in this post contain keywords from the beginning and end of phrases in the song. The first two pages of keywords are in the order of how they appear in the song.
However, the last two pages are in mixed order! You can set up these pages on your primary board so that all the first keywords are on the left side of the board. Using markers, chalk, or crayons, draw a line from each keyword to its match. For this version, the set up will look a little bit like this:
Alternatively, you can cut out all the keywords into word strips. You can arrange the keywords in order or mix them all up! I would suggest starting with all the keywords with a “+” sign on the left side and the other word strips on the right side. Here’s an example of what it will look like:
At the beginning of primary, by reviewing the first verse of The Lord Gave Me a Temple (lyrics here).
Then, post keywords that appear at the beginning of the line on the left side of the board. These keywords will also have a “+” sign following the word. Post keywords that come at the end of a phrase on the right side of the board.
Have the children look at the words and see if they notice any patterns. What might these words be referring to? Why do some words have a “+” sign and others don’t?
Sing through just the first line of the song and see if this gives the kids any clues. See if they can pair the first keyword match.
Once the kids understand the general idea, see if they can make another match! Each time they make match or two, sing through the song again!
Continue until you have matched all the keywords! Sing through the song once again and share your testimony of the temple and taking care of our bodies.
- Print out a set of word strips for each class. Have a class competition to see which class can match their keywords quickest! Be sure to sing through the song before passing out the word strips. While the children work on their matches, have the pianist play the song quietly.
- See if your primary children can guess the second part of the phrase with only the first keywords! If you need to give clues, sing the song one line at a time!
- Use visuals instead of words! Print or draw simple symbols to represent each word. See if the children can match the pictures! You could also provide some keywords and pair a keyword with a picture.
- Use the keywords in order to help learn the song for the first time in order, then scramble them into matches and see if they can match the sets of keywords.
- Add a fun action for each of the written out keywords. You could clap or stomp. Or, you could work through a series working from head to toe – repeating each action for the first word and the match. Head, Chin, Shoulders, Elbows, Hips, Knees, Toes
For another fun matching idea, head over to this In My Father’s Hands Missing Words Match!
The Lord Gave Me a Temple Keyword Match Printable
This free in-post printable includes a 2-page guide with the first set of keywords and a scramble set of the 2nd set of keywords to match!
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Try this fun The Lord Gave Me a Temple Same & Different activity for a great visual comparison of what we can learn from this song!
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