I Know That My Redeemer Lives

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For our program, the closing hymn will be I Know That My Redeemer Lives.  The primary will sing the 1st verse and the congregation will join in on the rest.  I’ll only be teaching the first verse (this is what I typically teach for all the hymns we learn in primary).  I thought it would be ideal for the kids to learn it using a Hymn Book and a fun melody map/code.
 

 

I loved the melody map that was shared HERE in the comments:

So I simply created a printable for it and slightly tweaked it:

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Know that My Redeemer Lives singing time lesson plan idea
Camille's Primary Ideas: I Know that My Redeemer Lives singing time lesson plan idea
Camille's Primary Ideas: I Know that My Redeemer Lives singing time lesson plan idea
Camille's Primary Ideas: I Know that My Redeemer Lives singing time lesson plan idea

If you notice any errors, PLEASE let me know!  If you know me, I’m prone to the occasional typo – UGH!

To implement in primary, pass out a hymnbook to each child (if only teaching Jr., omit passing out books) and hang the code on the chalkboard so page one is at the top and the rest of the pages are underneath it  (just like I have the 4 images posted above).

Tell the kids this is a code to the song and see if they can figure it out.  Sing through the song using the hymnbooks.  Give hints as needed, especially for younger children.  Maybe point to each shape as each word is sung, etc.

As items are figured out, write the answers in the key with a marker:

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Know that My Redeemer Lives singing time lesson plan idea

ANSWERS:

  • SQUARES: words about us (I, my, etc.)
  • TRIANGLES: words about the Savior
  • HEART: “L” words (lives, living and love)
  • CIRCLE: all other words
  • CIRCLED SHAPES: rhyming words
  • ARROWS (represent why the shapes go up and down): the pitch or notes of the song
After the key is filled out, have the primary try singing only the hearts, triangles and squares.  Repeat again singing only the circles.  After that, have the children all pitch lead (move their hands as the shapes go up or down) following the code. Optionally, pass out a wand to use for pitch leading:
 

Find more details about where I get wands, or how to make your own HERE.

Wands are also included in my Music Bag!  It is a very versatile singing time kit that no music leader should be without!  Check out more details HERE.

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Check out my home centered variation HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Know that My Redeemer Lives Cover

All my printables are free and filed on my Resource Library. Filing instructions for accessing each printable on my Resource Library are below the button.

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Category > I Know That My Redeemer Lives.

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13 thoughts on “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”

  1. I just had an idea,, that I thought I would share I'm planing on teach ' I know my redeemer live ' with that Map to jr. I have added action to the Square and the heart and circle, as we sing the song I will add the action keeping the kido engaged as the word go in the back door.

  2. I am so excited to do this lesson! It’s always overwhelming to teach a hymn with so many complex words and your map is perfect. Thank you!!

  3. Courtney Allen

    Thank you so much! I’m a last minute sub and I’m SO grateful for your plans! You’re a lifesaver!!

  4. Hi, Camille!
    I LOVE your ideas and am so grateful for the work you put into all of them. It is so helpful! I’m curious about printing the melody map for “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”. I know I am technologically challenged, so I apologize in advance. Can you tell me how to print the map?
    Thank you!!

    1. Hi Liesel!

      You just print it as normal, there’s nothing special about it. It just prints on 4 pages, then make sure to put them in order when you hang them on the board. I hope that helps.

      ~Camille

    1. Hi Lisa!

      Make sure you are going to my Resource Library then scrolling down under Song Title > I Know That My Redeemer Lives. I hope that helps.

      ~Camille

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