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Search, Ponder & Pray

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Camille's Primary Ideas Singing Time Lesson Plan for teaching Search, Ponder and Pray

For teaching the song Search, Ponder and Pray song, I will be utilizing bits and pieces of singing time ideas from A Children’s Songbook Companion (find details HERE on this AMAZING resource) along with a lesson sheet that Danielle posted on the Choristers FB page HERE (thank you Danielle!).    I will also be teaching 2 separate lesson plans for Junior and Senior primary.  If your primaries are combined, I’d suggest teaching each lesson on different weeks, starting with the Junior primary lesson plan first.  Cater to each group but on different weeks.

Here’s my Junior lesson plan:

Attention Getter: Hold up the scriptures with a word card “TESTIMONY” tucked inside (word card below).

  • Inside my scriptures is a word that describes what you can have if you study scriptures.  There are clues in the song that will help you know what the word is.  Sing the song to the children, or play it on CD.  Open your scriptures and show the word card below.  The word “testimony” means that you know something is true.
  • The song says to “search, ponder and pray” to gain a testimony.  We are going to do some searching to learn this primary song.
Before primary, hang the following pages randomly around the primary room:
 
 
 
Download my documents using the access link at the bottom of this post.
 
Pass out a “searching” instrument to each child.  It can be an empty paper towel or toilet paper tube (I finally found a use for my collection ;), or a little magnifying glass like these from Amazon:
 

 
UPDATE:  Someone suggested flashlights with the lights off and I think I’d go that route or the magnifying glasses instead of the toilet paper tubes.  My kids just wanted to use them as microphones so things just got loud real quick.  But they did enjoy singing through them too!
 
Sing each phrase and have the children “search” for the matching page.  Once found, place it on the board, gradually putting them all in order.  With each page, ask simple questions that go along with it:
 
  • What do I love to do? [read the scriptures]
  • What does the spirit do? [helps me to grow my testimony]
  • What do I gain a testimony of? [the scriptures]
  • What must I do to gain a testimony? [search, ponder and pray]
  • What is another word for lead or help? [guide]
  • Where will I feel my testimony grow? [deep inside]
  • How should I read the scriptures? [prayerfully]
  • How often should I read the scriptures? [each day]
  • What will I come to do? [understand]
  • How can I live the Lord’s command? [answers vary – go to church, read the scriptures, keep the commandments, etc]
  • How can I live as He would have me do? [answers vary – love and serve others, be an example, be baptized, etc.]

Here’s my COMPLETELY different lesson plan for Senior.  My Senior primary is very familiar with this song, that’s why I wanted to really challenge them this week since it technically will be a review for them.

 
Display the following pages on the chalkboard one activity at a time:
(first activity – melody map)
 
(second activity – phrase chart)
 
(third activity – decipher code)
 
(fourth activity – match-up)
 
Download the pages using the access button at the bottom of this post.  Do the same attention getter as in Junior primary to introduce the song.  Move on to the pages on the board starting with the first activity, the melody map.  Hum the melody and see if they can fill in the blanks using the correct words.  This one should be easy (it’s the last phrase in the song: “I know the scriptures are true”).
 
Move on to the second activity, the phrase chart  See if they can figure it out.  Have the piano play while everyone sings (if they are familiar with the song).  This is a phrase chart (only for the verses – it does not include the chorus).  The first line is the first phrase, the second line is the second phrase and so on.  Notice how the 3rd phrase has different phrasing.  Move your arms to mimic the phrases as you sing the song.
 
Move on to the third activity, deciphering the code.  See if they can figure out the code (what the various colors represent).  See if you can do it before I tell you ;).  Each dot represents a word in the song.  The yellow dots are all the words referring to “me” including “I” and I’ll”.  The red is “love” and “heart” the blue dots are all the words that start with “S” and the green are the words that refer to Christ.  Sing the song to check answers.
 
Then the last activity, the scripture match-up.  The scripture references are all out of order and need a line drawn to their matching phrase (which are all in order).  Draw a line from the scripture to the correct phrase.  Quickly discussing each phrase and the scripture once a match is found.  Sing the phrases after each one is matched up.  The very last page is an answer key – which I most likely will need to reference ;).

All my printables are free and can be downloaded from my Resource Library.  To gain access to my Resource Library, simply click on the below:

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Search, Ponder and Pray.

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25 thoughts on “Search, Ponder & Pray”

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    I love the plans you come up with!!! Thank you so much for sharing. I did catch an oops though, on the 3rd deciphering sheet, the second to last dot should be yellow (live as he would have ME do). I just colored it in after I printed it. Thanks again for sharing, you are a million times more creative than I am!!

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    I have already joined but I can’t get to the resource page. What am I doing wrong. I am trying to get to the pdf files for Search Ponder and Pray.

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    I cannot access your access your Access Resource Library Page. I already subscribe to your site but it keep asking me to do it over. ?

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    Hi,
    I’m having a similar issue as the above comments explained. I have joined but can’t access the resource library still. Please let me know what I can do. Thank you so much. Love your ideas so much!

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    Hi there, I am also having problems getting into resource library for printables. Is there something else I need to do to gain access?

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    I seem to be struggling like the others. I can’t seem to access your resources, and I’ve signed up… help?

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        I had been checking my spam over and over for about 30 min… and it finally showed the first email in my spam a minute ago, and that it had been sent 30 min ago (it had been marked as Junk, don’t know if that’s different than spam)… Just got your second email too… maybe it just takes a while for the computer to receive it and mark it as spam? (I had been using my phone, a tablet and my computer to check my email on all three.
        Fixed now, thank you

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    If you have trouble accessing the Resource Library, will you double check your spam folder – all my emails seem to be sent there. Then make sure you’ve got my email address in your contacts (you get that from the page that pops up right after you sign up). Everyone that has had trouble, I’ve been able to see that the emails have been sent.

    For some reason, email servers are not liking my emails and are reporting them as spam. Thank you for your patience as I get this all figured out! I will respond to requests as quick as I can (I’m watching them closely!) so you can get access in time for singing time!!

    Thanks for all of you being so great!!

    ~Camille

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      Hi Colette!

      It’s a lot of material to get through but I do try to do it all in one singing time. The first 3 activities move pretty quickly. It’s the scripture references that take a little more time. But it wouldn’t hurt to split it up into 2 singing time lesson plans either. I hope that helps.

      ~Camille

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    Hi. I’m able to access the Resource page but it keeps taking me in circles for Search, Ponder, and Pray. I keep clicking the song on the resource page to download the pdfs and it keeps just taking me back to the post that says “click on the link below” over and over.

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      Hi Tiffini,

      Usually I type up Lesson Plans To-Go but I guess I don’t for this one! I’ll have to work on it but I’m not sure if I’ll have it ready by next Sunday or not, sorry about that.

      ~Camille

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    Hello Camille,
    My name is Llubitza. I want to thank you for shearing your talent. I’m a new chorister and I don’t now anything about music. Thanks to your ideas I have been able to fulfill my calling.
    I notice that you made changes on how to access your web page, I have sing up multiple times but it’s not working.

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      Your email came back as undeliverable. Will you contact me via the contact tab at the top of my website and I can send you the email again?

      Thanks!

      ~Camille

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