Music Learning Activities Plan

"Pearly Shells"

Lavinia Richfield

Music 3824

Grade level: 3rd Grade

Learning Prerequisites

Although there are no prerequisites, previous experience tracking melodic contours as well as deciphering lyrics would be useful.

Materials needed: Hawaiian 20 Favorites tape, listening map, stereo provided in the classroom

Objectives (SWBAT):

  1. Students will be able to describe the tone and the pitch with hand movements by responding to what they hear and see (teacher modeling).
  2. Students will be able to describe the length of the tones by brushing hands together in long strides (Teacher modeling).
  3. Students will be able to map out a popular Hawaiian tune by ordering pictures that describe the song.
  4. Students will be able to describe or map out a popular Hawaiian tune using body movements they create.
  5. Students will be able to keep a steady beat through some kind of movement.

Anticipatory Set: "Picture yourself on a dream vacation to the islands of Hawaii, lying on the beach and soaking up the rays. Music is playing softly in the background from a local band while a talented group of dancers perform to one of the most popular hawaiian songs, "Pearly Shells." How will you ever remember this moment and the words to this familiar tune when you leave the islands and fly home to the Utah? Let me show you how..."


  1. Have students stand and imitate the teachers actions by using hand movements to describe the tone and pitch of "Pearly Shell" while the music is playing.
  2. Have students use both hands to describe the main singer and the echoes as they describe the tone of the song.
  3. While students are standing, have them follow the teacher's hand movements once again by sliding the hands back and forth to describe the duration of each pitch.
  4. Lay out the pictures that represent the song in a messed-up order so the students can have the opportunity to listen to the song and locate the proper picture with the correct phrase and place in order from beginning to end.
  5. Play the song again. Ask the students to come to the front of the classroom and place the pictures on the board when they hear the corresponding phrase that matches each picture.
  6. Ask the students to look at the pictures, have them create body movements that would describe the words (expressiveness) of the song. For example, for the phrase "Shining in the sun," one might raise their hands over their head to represent the sun.
  7. When the actions have been developed for the entire song, divide the class in half and have the students stand in two lines facing each other. The students will describe the song with their body actions as well as by singing the lyrics.
  8. Have one side of the class sing the first phrase and have the other side sing the echo while describing the lyrics through movement.
  9. Repeat the last step switching roles.
  10. Repeat the last step so the students can sing and move with confidence.


Closure: After the students have sung and danced one last time, encourage and praise them with: "You all did a fantastic job with listening to the song and describing this music with your bodies. You deserve that dream vactaion to Hawaii, and when you are there on the beach listening to 'Pearly Shells' you will be able to join in the fun."