Sit in a circle to listen to this song. In the middle of the circle, set out a basket of maracas or egg shakers.
Pass a small boat around the circle to the steady beat of the song. If you get the boat when the word beyond is sung, sit in the middle of the circle to play maracas on the steady beat.
By the end of the song, there should be seven people in the middle of the circle. What phrases used the word beyond in the song? (beyond the sea (3x), beyond the stars, beyond the moon, beyond a doubt, beyond the shore)
Open up a treasure chest or box. Inside, there are rolled up scrolls with information about the song. The seven students will distribute these scrolls to the rest of the students in the circle.
Learn about the history of this song. Can you unroll your scroll and tell us about the song? (Possible samples include:
"Beyond the Sea" was written in 1945 by Jack Lawrence.
Bobby Darin recorded "Beyond the Sea" and scored a Top 10 hit in 1960.
The original inspiration for this song was a French song called "La Mer" which means "the sea" written by Charles Trenet.
This song was featured in the Walt Disney/Pixar's movie Finding Nemo in 2003.
In 2004, a movie called Beyond the Sea told the story of Bobby Darin's life.
Some other movies that have used this song include Austin Powers: Goldmember, and Goodfellas.
Some other recording artists who have sung this song are Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow, Kevin Spacey, Robbie Williams, and Michael Buble.
Extension: Continue the initial game from above. Write your favorite historical fact about "Beyond the Sea" on cardstock then cut it into word pieces. Put the pieces into the treasure chest. The seven students are now challenged to put the pieces into the correct word order before the song is over.
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