- 65 minutes
In this literacy lesson, students have the chance to explore feelings using The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. They will role-play, answer comprehension questions, and create a craft!
Students will be able to answer comprehension questions about a story and identify feelings.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Show students the cover of the book Rainbow Fish. Ask students if they have ever heard this story before.
- Ask students to identify ways that they are different from their peers, such as different hair and eye colors.
- Now, tell students that today they will be listening to a story about a fish who was different then the rest of his friends.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Allow students to listen to The Rainbow Fish.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)
- Then, go through the story again using the book. Ask students to act out different parts of the story.
- For example, when no one wants to be friends with Rainbow Fish, ask the class how he might feel. Then, have a student to stand up and show how they may feel.
- When Rainbow Fish shares his scales, have a student identify how Rainbow Fish might be feeling and then act out this emotion.
- Ask students to share if they would give a scale to a friend if they didn't have one.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Now, give each student a Fish Coloring Page and various different colors of paint.
- Have students dip celery stalks into the paint to create scales of different colors.
- When they are finished, add glue to a few scales and put glitter on them to represent Rainbow Fish's shiny scale.
- Enrichment: Have students act out the story from the beginning, middle, and the end of the book.
- Support: Pair students struggling with the craft with a partner for support.
Related Books and/or Media
- BOOK: The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Ask students to act out their favorite part of the story.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Have students share with you their favorite part of today's lesson.
- Ask them what kinds of things they share with their friends.