Lesson Plan:

The Rainbow Fish

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September 22, 2015
by Alexandra Parlamas

Learning Objectives

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)

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.

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