“Lesson 36: I Can Be a Good Example,” Primary 1 (2000), 119–21
“Lesson 36,” Primary 1, 119–21
To help each child set a good example for others by following the example of Jesus.
A Bible and a Book of Mormon.
Several footprints cut from paper.
Picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ (Gospel Art Picture Kit 240; 62572); picture 1-63, Zaccheus in a Tree; picture 1-64, Jesus Praying with the Nephites (62542).
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Display picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ. Explain that one of the reasons Jesus came to earth was to be an example for us and show us how to live. Jesus was perfect. That means he did everything the right way. The way he lived when he was on the earth is the way we should try to live.
Open the Bible and read John 13:15 to the children. Tell the children that these are Jesus’ words. Emphasize that we want to be like Jesus and follow his example.
Explain that just as the children follow the example of Jesus, other people watch them and follow their examples.
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Make a simple crown or hat out of paper for each child. On each crown or hat, write I can be a good example. Discuss ways the children can be good examples during the week.
Sing “Jesus Once Was a Little Child” (Children’s Songbook, p. 55), “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam” (Children’s Songbook, p. 60), or “I Am like a Star” (Children’s Songbook, p. 163).
Show a flashlight or other small light. Turn it on and discuss how the light from the flashlight helps people as it shines. Read aloud the first phrase of 3 Nephi 12:16. Explain to the children that they are like little lights when they set good examples, because other people watch and follow them. Let one child hold the flashlight and lead the others around the room. Repeat until every child who wants to be the leader has had a turn.
Have the children stand and do the actions to the following activity verse:
Some children ran down a dusty street (run in place),
Hurrying fast on their little feet (point to feet),
Through the crowd to find a place (pretend to push through a crowd)
Close to Jesus, to see his face (stand on tiptoe and look around).
Some grown-ups said, “Send them away” (hold hand out as if saying “stop”).
“He is too busy for children today” (frown and shake head).
But Jesus said, “Let them come unto me” (beckon with hands).
“They are important and are loved by me” (hug self).
(Adapted from Margaretta Harmon in Bible Story Finger Plays and Action Rhymes [Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing, 1964], p. 27.)
Ask the children to repeat the word example. Tell them that a good example is someone you want to grow up to be like. Our parents can be good examples to us. Ask the children to name things their parents do to take care of them or to make them happy.
Have the children join hands and move in a circle while you sing or say the words to “When We’re Helping” (Children’s Songbook, p. 198). Repeat the song as many times as you want, replacing mother with father, brother, sister, grandma, or grandpa.
Play “Follow the Leader” with the children. Have the children stand in a line. The first child in line runs, hops, skips, or does some other action to the other side of the room. The other children follow the first child, doing what he or she did. Then the first child goes to the end of the line, and the next child becomes the new leader. Continue until each child has had a turn to be the leader.