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Students will be able to answer comprehension questions about a story and identify feelings.
- 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.
- Define any new or unknown words in a student's home language (L1) as well as English.
- Model identifying a difference using a sentence frame: "I am different because I ____. That makes me special."
- Have students practice sharing their differences using sentence frames or sentence starters with a peer.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Allow students to listen to The Rainbow Fish.
- Provide students with their own copies of the text.
- Project the text for students to visualize.
- Pause as you read to ask students comprehension questions such as: How does Rainbow Fish feel? What do you think might happen next?
Guided Practice(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.
- Review feeling words with the class using visual supports.
- Put students in small groups to practice acting out each part of the story or have the entire class stand up and act out (silently) each part of the story together.
- Encourage students to use complete sentences (providing frames as needed) to describe how Rainbow Fish is feeling throughout the retelling.
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.
- Provide visual instructional steps to support students to follow the directions for the project.
- Have students repeat the instructions back to you to check for understanding.
- As students are at work, ask them to share what they are doing and how they are making Rainbow Fish.
- Pair students struggling with the craft with a partner for support.
- Have students act out the story from the beginning, middle, and the end of the book.
- Ask students to act out their favorite part of the story.
- As students are acting out the different parts of the story, assess if they are demonstrating understanding through their acting.
- Have students pair share their favorite part of the story and take note if students are able to accurately retell a 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.
- Pair students together to share their favorite part of the story.
- Provide sentence frames for students to use as they share with a peer: "My favorite part was ____."
- Provide sentence starters for students to use as they share their favorite part of the story.