Follow the Prophet Name That Prophet

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Let children Name That Prophet as you teach Follow the Prophet in singing time!  They always are up to a good challenge.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Follow the Prophet Primary singing time ideas using name that prophet activity

You can’t go wrong when you teach about the stories found in this beloved Primary song!  Give your Primary keyword hints found in each verse and let them guess which Prophet it’s about!

Follow the Prophet Chorus Actions

Teach the simple actions for the chorus first.  To introduce it, sing the chorus while performing these actions (they’ll catch on real quick!):
 
  • For “follow the prophet”: roll arms (like patty cake!) during “follow the proph..” then clap on the second syllable of proph – “ET” repeating that three times.
  • For “don’t go astray”: point your finger and wave it back and forth (as if saying “no no.”) and shake your head back and forth for no.
  • Then repeat the arm rolling and clap on the second syllable of proph – “ET” three more times.
  • For “he knows the way” do: jazz hands (fingers spread and you shake your hands) with elbows bent.

OR (these actions are a little more technical – perfect for Sr. Primary!)

Sister Pat Graham taught this song at her workshop a few years ago that I recorded!  Details are found in Video #4 (titled “Part 4”), at 9:30 (it continues on into Part 5).  it’s when she starts to introduce the song using the “Jewish Folksong” theme presented by the author, Duane Hiatt!  The actions she teaches for the chorus are super fun!

Sing it through a second time for kids to start catching on and then a third – they should all have it by then!  You can also ask these questions in between each time you sing it:
  • “who knows the way?”
  • “what ‘way’ is the song talking about?”
  • “what should we do so we don’t go astray?”
  • “what does ‘astray’ mean?”

Follow the Prophet Printables

For this activity, you need this Name that Prophet printable:

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These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > Follow the Prophet.

 

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Print on card stock.  Then you need a picture for each prophet mentioned in the song:

There are TONS of options!  These are my favorites (click on the link to quickly. jump to that section):

  1. Susan Fitch Illustrations
  2. Follow the Prophet Sticks (My personal choice!!)
  3. Gospel Art Book
  4. Prophet Faces
  5. Scripture Figures from the Friend

1. Susan Fitch Illustrations

My favorite visual for teaching Follow the Prophet is Susan Fitch’s Follow the Prophet clip art.  She also has Adam, Enoch and President Nelson, and Jacob for free on her website you can download.
Camille's Primary Ideas: Follow the Prophet Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea

Each prophet comes with and his “scenery.”  These can also be used as a Memory Match-up activity.

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2. Follow the Prophet Sticks

I am biased but my favorites are these Follow the Prophet Sticks which are a physical item I sell in my shop.  They are professionally printed, laminated and mounted on large craft sticks.  Then shipped directly to you.

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TIP: Add these prophet sticks to your singing time music bag to use all the time!

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3. Gospel Art Book

If you’d rather use church-approved material, you can find pictures of each of these prophets in the Gospel Art Book.

I own a physical copy of the Gospel Art Book I purchased at the Distribution Center.  It’s taken all apart with each page placed in sheet protectors and in a big 3-ring binder:

4. Prophet Faces

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These printables have been colored and are also filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > Follow the Prophet.

 

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Similar to the prophet faces are these wearable face posters which are another fun option!

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5. Scripture Figures from the Friend

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Or use these puppetsfrom the 2006 March Friend (scroll down to the “Old Testament” section and click on “Follow the Prophet”).

Follow the Prophet Singing Time Idea

Place the “Name That Prophet” sheet on the board.  After teaching the chorus using the actions above, move on to the verses.
 
Write the 1st verse keywords on the board around the printable.  I used these keywords from the March 20210 Friend.
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The keywords are:

ADAM:

  • First
  • Eden
  • We are his descendants

ENOCH:

  • City
  • No sin
  • Heavenly Father took them up

NOAH:

  • Repentance
  • Preached in vain
  • Rain

ABRAHAM:

  • Prayed to have a son
  • Isaac
  • Twelve tribes

MOSES:

  • Promised land
  • Wilderness
  • Forty years

SAMUEL:

  • Boy
  • Tabernacle
  • “Here I am!”

JONAH:

  • Run away
  • Listen and obey
  • Whale

DANIEL: 

  • Refused to sin
  • Lion’s den
  • King

TODAY:

  • Now
  • Don’t believe it
  • Direction along the way

When the keywords are written for the 1st verse, let children guess the prophet.  When it’s guessed, reveal a picture of that prophet and sing the verse complete with actions on the chorus.  Post the words using this flip chart format as needed.

Camille's Primary Ideas: posting words for singing time, singing time flip charts

Then erase the 1st verse keywords and add the next verse’s keywords for Enoch.  Name the prophet, reveal the picture and sing that verse.  Repeat until all 9 verses are sung.

Bear Testimony

Bear testimony that if we follow the prophet, he will lead us to Heavenly Father.

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9 thoughts on “Follow the Prophet Name That Prophet”

  1. After watching the video about the composer, I've been trying to think of a way to nod to the Jewish elements of the song while teaching it. I'm having a hard time. There are so many good ideas, and I am really excited to teach it, too. Seems like something we can have a lot of fun with. Thanks for all the ideas! I am def. interested in Susan's digital files! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for the chorus idea! I'm not personally teaching all 9 verses, but we will be learning a couple as a whole primary. I have assigned and asked the teachers in each class (some classes have 2 verses because of combined ages) to teach their classes the verse I have given them–words and a picture too. Then in the program, each class will sing their verse and then the primary sings the chorus. The teachers even get their own verse which I will do as well with the kids so they know it too. One of the teachers in my primary has done this before and said it turned out awesome! Our 3 and 4 year old classes are small so they are doing one verse together in the program. Hopefully they all sing. 🙂 Thanks again for the chorus idea. Totally going to use it tomorrow!

  3. Thank you so much for your lesson plans! I used most of this one today and it was great! i'm really struggling with feeling motivated and happy in my calling right now. And you are an answer to my prayers. Thank you!

  4. Thanks to your inspired post on Follow The Prophet, our kids LOVED Singing time today! I'm new to this calling and your blog has been super helpful to me. You provide creative, fun & spiritual ideas for so many primary songs. All of the kids were attentive & reverent with the lesson, quiet during the scriptures with the old testament prophets, and sang their hearts out as they did the hand motions to FTP. The Jr. Primary loved Susan Fitch's cute art. Thank you TONS Camille!!! Keep 'em coming…you have a huge fan club.

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