“Tie the invisible idea … to some tangible object the student already knows about and then build from that knowledge” Teaching No Greater Call.
That’s exactly what this song helps children understand – something intangible like the purpose of baptism using something tangible like rainbows and rain! And with the help of some ribbon wands, this lesson plan will ensure your primary kids come to understand the concepts taught in the song, When I Am Baptized.
Before delving into this lesson plan, I would suggest reading an except from Teaching, No Greater Call HERE under the section “Comparisons and Object Lessons” (scroll down to page 163 to find it). It provides some valuable information for teaching intagible principles using tangible objects.
For this simple lesson plan for teaching When I Am Baptized, all you’ll need is colored chalk and a rainbow wand for each child:
Check out my post on wands HERE – where to buy them now, or how to create your own. Scarves would also be a great substitute for the wands! I recommend these here from Amazon:
I have a video lesson plan demonstration for this song here if it helps:
Before primary, draw a big rainbow on the chalkboard (about 2/3 of the top portion) using colored chalk. Underneath the rainbow draw two rows of raindrops that match the pitch of the chorus – two lines of raindrops for the two lines in the chorus. So when the notes go up or down in the chorus, the raindrops will do the same. Here’s a picture of how it should look (always worth a thousand words!):
If you are comfortable, you can demo all three items listed below as the children watch you and try to find 3 ways the song is about rainbows and rain. Once they have answered, go into detail on each item.
- This song TALKS about rainbows and rain (each time rainbows/rain are sung, raise your wand in the air). After you have sung through it, ask why this song is about rainbows and rain. Discuss how they are like being baptized and repenting. Bear testimony of the blessing of baptism and how we are made clean. If we make mistakes, we can be clean again by taking the Sacrament and repenting.
- This song SOUNDS like rainbows and rain. Legato (the verses) and Staccato (chorus). The verses are smooth and connected like rainbows. The chorus is more choppy and disconnected like rain. Sing the verses legato and move your wands back and forth without breaking. Then during the chorus, quickly shake the wands for each note as you sing it staccato or choppy. Make sure to over-exaggerate so they can tell the difference (have the pianist do it too)! You can also make a “thunderstorm” by making large movements and singing loudly and a “light rain shower” by making small movements and singing softly. Also discuss breathing using Legato and Staccato. Try to have everyone sing the whole verse in one breathe and then breath after each note in the chorus. Afterward, ask which one everyone thinks is easier!
- This song MOVES like rainbows and rain. The song (its pitch) moves like a rainbow and raindrops. Notice each line in the verses’ pitch start low and gradually go higher then go back to low – just like a rainbow. Then for the chorus, the pitch is disconnected, up and down, all over, just like raindrops. During the verse, draw a rainbow with your wands going up as the notes go up and going down as the notes go down. During the chorus, follow the raindrops you drew on the board and with your wand, follow them by moving it up or down.