Counting Seashells By The Seashore (elementary)

Last changed: 06/03/2019 12:30pm
K Phy. Education Dance
Dance English Math
Both Grade Level and Arts/PE Program Alignment
1 45 min
1 45 min
Combo In-School Performance & In-School Workshop
All year
$5 0
$200 0
no Email , Phone , In-Person
Lesson plan for classroom teacher; master copies of activity sheets; seashells used as rhythmic instruments; music/audio equipment; visual aids
Copies of Handouts, Construction paper, Drawing/Coloring tools (crayons, pens, colored pencils),
Open floor space for movement; power and Wi-Fi access
I CAN dance hula and tell a story with seashells

I CAN sing while dancing with seashells

I CAN use seashells to make sounds and movement while I am sitting and while I am standing

I CAN follow instructions, to move in different directions: up, down, left, right, up, down, across, diagonal, high, low, fast, slow

I CAN count to the movements in basic Hula steps; A ka'o or hip sway is 1,2; a kaholo or side step is 1,2,3,4.

I CAN start counting at the number 5: "5,6,7,8"

I CAN use seashells to make music patterns to the song, "Pearly Shells": such as "1,2, 1-2-3", etc.
Know number names and the count sequence; count forward from a given number within a counting sequence using seashells as rhythmic instruments; interpret and present a Hawaiian dance called Hula; demonstrate tempo contrasts with movements while singing

Students learn rhythmic hula movements, while seated, to the song, "Pearly Shells”; sing along; count along to the beat; learn basic Hula steps; combine seashell movements with dance steps; explore different ways to count along to the music while using the seashell dance implements; Optional Pre- or Post-Program: Make a "Seashell Dance Mat" on cardboard, poster board by tracing their feet in the pattern of basic Hula steps. Number each footprint. Decorate each foot print with a drawing of seashell(s) that correspond to the number written in the footprint. (Detailed instructions provided by artist)

Students learn that Hula is an ancient oral tradition of storytelling and a way of learning through repetition; learn listening, comprehension, and coordination skills; experiences a practical application of counting skills

Provides classroom teacher with lesson plans; introduces "Nihi- The Quiet Cat" and his "Peace and Aloha Rules”; demonstrates & teaches the song, the Hula and program subject.

Classroom teacher participates in program with students; assists students when needed; helps enforce “Nihi's Peace and Aloha Rules”; Pre- or Post-Program: "Seashell Dance Mat"
*Participate in program with students
*Assists students when needed
*Help enforce “Nihi's Peace and Aloha Rules”
*Assist preparation for Post-Program "Seashell Dance Mat" project

Grade K

Kindergarten: Mathematics: Counting and Cardinality: Know number names and the count sequence. Cluster# 2. Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
Kindergarten: Physical Education: Standard 1 - The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
Kindergarten: Dance: Performing: Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze and interpret artistic work for presentation. B. Demonstrate tempo contrasts with movements that match to tempo of sound stimuli