Lesson Plan

The Rainbow Fish

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!
Need extra help for EL students? Try the A Rainbow of Feelings pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the A Rainbow of Feelings pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to answer comprehension questions about a story and identify feelings.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
Fish Coloring Page
  • 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.

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