“Lesson 22: I Can Do Many Things,” Primary 1 (2000), 71–73
“Lesson 22,” Primary 1, 71–73
To help each child know that as children of Heavenly Father we each can do many things.
Prayerfully study 1 Samuel 17.
Contact the parents of each child in the class to find out one thing the child can do well or is learning to do.
Prepare pieces of paper with simple instructions, such as clap hands, count to three, walk around the room, jump, draw a circle (on the chalkboard or a piece of paper), stand on one foot, fold arms, or point to something that is blue. Have at least as many pieces of paper as there are children in the class. Be aware of children in your class who have disabilities, and be sure to include things they can do.
Write the name of each child on a separate piece of paper.
A small fishing pole (optional; see lesson 11).
A container to hold names (optional).
Picture 1-5, Family with a Baby (62307); picture 1-10, Family Prayer (62275); picture 1-38, Children Playing with a Ball; picture 1-50, I Can Dress; picture 1-51, A Family Working Together (62313); picture 1-52, David Slays Goliath (Gospel Art Picture Kit 112; 62073).
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.
Tell the children that sometimes we are asked to do things that are difficult.
What have you tried to do that was hard?
Who can help us learn to do these things? (Parents, brothers and sisters, teachers.)
To whom can we pray for help when we have to do something that is hard? (Heavenly Father.)
Explain that Jesus Christ can also help us when things are hard to do.
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
With the children, sing “Do As I’m Doing”/ (Children’s Songbook, p. 276) or “Fun to Do” (Children’s Songbook, p. 253) and do appropriate actions. Let the children suggest actions for additional verses.
Give the children paper and crayons and let each child draw one or more things he or she can do. Write I can do many things on each child’s paper.
Help the children decide on something they can do at home to help someone, such as set the table, sweep the floor, or feed a pet. Remind them to tell their parents about it after Primary so their parents can help them remember to do it.
Repeat some of the appropriate activities in lessons 16 through 20.
Have the children stand and sing the following words to the tune of “Once There Was a Snowman” (Children’s Songbook, p. 249). Use crouching actions for the first verse and stretching actions for the second verse.
Once I was a baby, baby, baby,
Once I was a baby, small, small, small.
Now I’m growing bigger, bigger, bigger,
Now I’m growing bigger, tall, tall, tall!
Let the children talk about the things they have learned to do since they were babies.
Demonstrate an action such as hopping, clapping, or jumping, and ask the children to name what you are doing. Then have the children do the same action. Give each child a turn to demonstrate an action. Have the other children tell what the action is and then imitate it.