Stand For The Right

To teach Stand for the Right in singing time this Sunday, I’m going to be using our Primary’s handbells on all the “be true” notes.

If you want to see how I use the bells in primary, check out details HERE.  If you don’t have bells or any substitutions, you can do everything and just omit the part that involves the bells. The only problem is that’s the fun part!!
For an attention getter, I will be using this image HERE from the Friend and quickly discussing ways we can “be true” and “stand for the right.”

For the activity, you will need the following:

  • A picture of the current prophet. Check the library if need be.
  • The word “WORDS” and the word “STAND” written on a piece of paper.  You can download and print a copy from my Resource Library.

    More details about accessing my Resource Library can be found at the bottom of this post.

  • A picture that depicts “work,”  The Gospel Art Book image of the boy planting flowers would work nicely.  Find it HERE.**
  • A picture that depicts “play.” The Gospel Art Kit (available online only) has a picture of a family playing with blocks.  Find it found HERE.**
  • A black piece of paper (for the word “darkness”).
  • A white/yellow piece of paper (for the word “light”).
  • The following note chart for all the “be true’s”
Download these printables from my Resource Library, again more details about accessing my Resource Library can be found at the bottom of this post. 
I printed everything on card stock and placed in sheet protectors.

To begin learning the song, pass out all of the pictures, EXCEPT the note chart pages, randomly to children (or tape them underneath chairs before primary and have everyone look to see if they have one). While the pianist plays, you and the teachers sing the song.  The kids with the pictures will come up front and put them all in order on the chalkboard using magnets (prophet, “words” page, “work” picture, “play” picture, darkness, light, “stand” page).

Once in order, sing the song through and ask them to count how many times the song says “be true.” Whenever the word “stand” is sung, have everyone stand.

We’ll quickly discuss (I’ll take answers) how we can be true at work and at play, in darkness or light.

Then add the 3 pages of “be true” notes in between the images on the board. Page 1 will go between “words” and “work.” Pages 2 and 3 will go between “light” and “stand.”

Pass out the 5 bells needed (A, B, C#, D, G) randomly throughout your primary.  If you have the octaves, I’d pass out those too so more children can play at a time!

Sing through the song pointing to each picture.  I’ve got a simple video demonstration here if it helps:

Thanks to my own kids for being good sports and playing the bells for me!

When you get to the bells, the kids with the corresponding bell will ring as you point to their note. Make sure everyone stands when “stand” is sung.  As another variation (thank you to Whitney for posting this on the FB Choristers’ group) is to change the word/action on the word “stand.”  You can stomp, jump, spin, sit, clap etc.  How fun!  Thanks for sharing, Whitney!!

Afterward, everyone will pass their bell to their neighbor (making a nice “S” formation”) and repeating so everyone will be able to eventually ring a bell.

Whenever we use the bells, we can sing a song a million times and no one ever gets bored!!  Repeat until everyone has had a chance to ring a bell and the song has been sung over and over again!

**You can also take 2 blank pieces of white paper, and before primary, ask one child to draw “work” and another to draw “play” with a pencil then you go over it with a sharpie. Pat Graham at her workshop suggested this.

Check out the Stand for the Right/Dare to Do Right Medley HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Stand for the Right / Dare To Do Right Medley Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea

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15 thoughts on “Stand For The Right”

  1. Your idea is fabulous! I'm thinking of getting bells for our Primary. What size bell set would you recommend–the 8, 13 or expanded 20 bell set? Thanks so much! Email: stopandsmellthefamily at blogspot dot com

  2. I do bells as well (my kids love them), but use them for the melody. I also notate the bells just as I would regular notes, with open colored circles for 1/2 notes, filled in for 1/4 notes, and dotted for (of course) dotted notes. I explain the notation to the kids, and this way they begin to understand the timing that they see in Hymnbooks. So I'm using the bells but also teaching some music theory. So far, so good.

  3. Thank you SO much for posting your weekly lesson plans. I'm a new chorister and you help me so much! Your ideas are always so simple yet very effective, which I love. I haven't found very many ideas floating around for this song, and this is perfect!

  4. Hi Kelly!

    You would have to transpose the music so it doesn't use any sharps. I know you can do that on but I've never done it and then you would need different bell chart notes because your music would all be completely different. What I'd suggest is you pick one child to come play the C# on the piano each time :). They could sit next to the pianist and play a higher or lower C# when you point to it so they don't get in the way of the pianist.

    Sorry I'm not more help!


  5. Oh those are good suggestions. I think what I'll end up doing is bringing in my little mini glockenspiel and letting a child play those two notes (high D and c#) with a mallet on the glockenspiel. I've never used the bells in primary before. I just got my set of 8. I'm a little nervous because I feel like there are a lot of moving parts and I have no idea if it will help the kids learn the song or if they'll be too focused on getting the bells right to even pay attention. I guess we'll find out tomorrow! 🙂 Thanks for all your help.

  6. I know this is super late (because I switched my April and March songs, so we haven't tackled "Stand for the Right" yet), but it is very easy to transpose songs in the Children's Song Book. For this one, I just typed "Stand for the Right" in my search bar, and the link for the lds site was the first one on google, which is:
    Once it completely loads, you will see Stand for the Right in very large letters. Below that, just above the music, there is a gray bar which has a volume control tab, an auto scroll tab, and then a refreshable "key" tab that has a drop down menu. Stand for the Right is in D major, but if you click on the arrow next to D Major, you can select from a variety of keys. C major is the one without any accidentals, and once you press C Major, the music will transpose (and in this case, there are no flats or sharps on the "Be True" parts) and after you have transposed it it, hit the print button (two tabs over from the Key tab), so that you can bring a copy of the music for your pianist!

  7. DO you have music for the medley stand for the right and dare to do right?
    Thnak you so much for all you ideas. we used the bell for Christmas bell. it was a hit. I'm looking forward to using them more. thank for adding the bell to this song it will be so fun.

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