(Friend April 2003 suggestion # 5)
Several weeks before you teach "Easter Hosanna" (pp. 68–69), help an older child or adult leader learn the verses and invite them to Primary the week you teach the song.
Teach the Primary children the chorus first.
GAK 223, Triumphal Entry, to tell when the people cried "Hosanna" as the Savior entered the city.
GAK 316, Jesus Teaching in the Western Hemisphere, to help the children understand that people in the Western world also rejoiced when the Savior came to them.
Have the children read 3 Ne. 11:15–17 aloud.
As you sing the chorus of "Easter Hosanna," have the children touch their ears when they hear "Hosanna."
Ask what they noticed about the words (they are repeated). Ask them to listen again and touch their ears when they hear what is different in the repeated line (the melody and rhythm are different for "of the Most High God").
Have the children listen as the older child or adult sings the verses that tell the story of Jesus Christ's appearance to the Nephites. Have the entire Primary join in singing the chorus.
To help the entire Primary learn the melody, on the
chalkboard, draw horizontal dashes to represent note placement (see TNGC,
"The prophecies of long" looks like ascending steps, and "ago were now at" looks like descending steps. Draw dashes for the first two lines of the melody.
Invite the soloist to sing the first line, and have the children move their hands held horizontally to follow the direction of the dashes on the chalkboard. This is called pitch-level conducting. Invite all of the children to sing that line. Repeat this process with the second line. Point out that the melody is exactly the same for the two lines. Have the children sing the second line, then the first two lines. Repeat this entire process for the complete verse.
To provide a challenge for older children, invite an older class to sing the chorus at the same time the rest of the Primary sings the verses. They will need to pause before repeating the second "Hosanna" in order to come in with the second line at the right time.