Sing a New Song to the Lord—Unit 4

Grade 4—Unit 4

Tools:
KidBlog, Blogger, Discussion Board in your LMS

Reference Material:
Lutheran Service Book 386

Duration of Project:
This project could take anywhere between two to five days depending on the depth you go into. Look for ways to integrate the work of this project with other subjects (e.g., writing, music).

Objectives:

  • Express gratitude and trust in Jesus for the forgiveness He provides for all sins.

Activity:
“Now Sing We, Now Rejoice” is a beautiful hymn written in the fourteenth century. In this activity, lead a mini-lesson that talks about what each stanza of the hymn means. The third stanza references Christ opening a bright eternity. Have students dive deeper into what this means by writing a fifth stanza.

Spend time talking about poetry and writing good statements to match the meter of the hymn. “Now Sing We, Now Rejoice” has a meter of 66 66 66 55. Collaborate with your music teacher on this project. Once students have completed their fifth stanza, have them post the stanzas to their blog (or discussion board) and have them comment on each other’s work. Have the class select one or two options for the hymn, and then have them sing the song together with a piano or organ.

Digital Citizenship Connection:
As students write their blog posts, encourage them to read and comment on other classmates’ posts. Here are some tips for you to use in your expectations:

  • Students write in full sentences.
  • Students need to respond to at least two different classmates’ posts.
  • Students should keep comments positive and uplifting.
  • When students find something they disagree with, they should pose that disagreement as a question rather than a direct statement.

Differentiation:
Be sure to identify students who struggle with both comprehension and writing, and spend time with them 1:1 making sure they stay on the right track. Break up the task into two parts: encourage them to first develop their main idea and then to put it into poetry. For students who are active in your classroom, consider having them clap or move to the meter of the hymn as they are writing their stanzas. If students begin to struggle for ideas, consider having them work in groups.

If your class is up to it, record them singing one of your student’s creations and upload it to YouTube. Be sure to tweet about it with #OICtech and #LuthEd.