You’ll love tying the intagible message found in When I Am Baptized to something as tangible as rain! With the help of some ribbon wands, your Primary will come to better understand the concept of baptism as they learn and sing this classic Primary song!
Teaching No Greater Call states to:
“Tie the invisible idea … to some tangible object the student already knows about and then build from that knowledge”
Before delving into this lesson plan, read the 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.
The invisible idea found in When I Am Baptized is the purpose of why we should be baptized. And tying that concept to rainbows and rain, which are more tangible to children, helps them come to have a better understanding of a deep gospel topic!
For this simple lesson plan for teaching When I Am Baptized, each child will need a wand. Wands are optional but they definitely make singing time more interactive and fun!
Check out this post HERE for more details on using wands in singing time.
Rainbows and Rain
Then you also need a visual on the board that looks like this:
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Or, feel free to draw it on the board using colored chalk or dry erase markers.
NOTE: The rain drops match the pitch of the chorus. two lines of raindrops for the two lines of the chorus. So when the notes go up or down in the chorus, the raindrops do the same.
Singing Time Idea
Demonstrate all three items listed below (sing the song 3 different times including the 2nd verse). Focus on each of the 3 different areas each time you sing it:
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 rainbows and rain 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. The verses are more legato. Where the chorus is more staccato.
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)!
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 on 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 using your wand by moving it up or down.
Also check out this demonstration video for teaching When I Am Baptized in singing time using this lesson plan:
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More Singing Time Ideas
Find more ideas for teaching When I Am Baptized in singing time HERE.
These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > When I Am Baptized