“Lesson 18: I Am Thankful for My Ears,” Primary 1 (2000), 57–59
“Lesson 18,” Primary 1, 57–59
To help each child appreciate his or her ears and what they can do.
A Bible and a Pearl of Great Price.
Picture 1-4, The First Vision (Gospel Art Picture Kit 403; 62470); picture 1-41, Child with a Hearing Aid; a picture of the living prophet.
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Note to the teacher: Be sensitive to the feelings of any children in your class who have physical disabilities. Focus on the things their bodies can do, not on their disabilities.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Have the children sit quietly and listen.
What do you hear?
Discuss the different sounds they can hear, such as doors opening and closing, people talking in the hall, organ music, or the wind.
What other sounds do we hear at church?
Explain that we hear our teachers, parents, Primary leaders, bishop, and other leaders at church.
Why is it important for us to listen to these people?
Explain that these people help us learn what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do.
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Have the children close their eyes and cover them with their hands. Touch one child on the head. That child should say, “I am thankful for my ears.” Have the other children guess whose voice they heard. Continue until every child has had a turn to speak.
Do the following activity verse with the children:
I have a wonderful body (touch hands to chest)
That Heavenly Father planned for me.
He gave me ears so I might hear (cup hand around ear)
And eyes that I might see (point to eyes).
I have two hands that I can clap (clap hands),
Two feet that turn around (turn around).
When I want to, I can touch
My toes down on the ground (bend over and touch toes).
When I think about my body (put finger to head),
The best part of it is (sit down quietly)
That Heavenly Father planned it
To look very much like his.
Have the children face in one direction while you stand behind them. Make sounds with your hands or other sound-making items, and have the children guess what you are doing to make the sound. You might clap your hands, snap your fingers, or ring a bell. Let the children try making the sounds themselves.
Record sounds in your neighborhood, such as a dog barking, birds singing, or laughter. Play the sounds in class and have the children listen and guess what the sounds are.
Teach the children a simple song or phrase in sign language. If you know someone who signs well, you might invite them to come to class and sign “I Am a Child of God” while the class sings.
Sit with the children in a circle. Whisper a short message to the child next to you. This child then whispers the message to the next child, and so on around the circle. The last child says the message aloud. Tell the class the message you gave to the first child to see how it has changed.
After the activity ask the children what they used to hear the message. (Ears.) Remind them to thank Heavenly Father for their ears.
If possible, take the children outside. Encourage them to listen quietly with their ears. What sounds can they hear? When you go back into the classroom, review the sounds they heard.
Have the children stand and say the following verse, doing the actions indicated by the words:
Touch your eyes,
Touch your nose,
Touch your ears,
Touch your toes.
Stretch your hands
Way up high,
Toward the sky.
Put your hands
On your hair;
Sit down quietly
On your chair.