The Rainbow Fish


A WebQuest for 4th Grade Language Arts

Designed by
Robin Wheatfall

Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page

Introduction

By now, you have read the story of The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister. This story demonstrates that sharing and friendship are very important in our lives, even if you live under the sea!

This WebQuest will lead you through your choice of activity to show what you have learned from that story.

Task

After reading the story of The Rainbow Fish, you will find out what sharing means to you.

You have a choice in how to do this project.

To work in a group to create a multimedia project, click here.

To work alone or in a group to create a book, click here.

Process

Multi-Media (work in a group of up to 4)

  1. TELL A STORY: Each person in the group will tell a story about a time when someone shared with them. What did they share? Who shared with you? Why do you remember this?
  2. WRITE A STORY: Using a piece of looseleaf paper, in at least ONE paragraph, write down your story using the questions above as a guide. Please use your own voice.
  3. TELL A STORY: Each person in the group will tell a story about a time when he or she shared with someone else. Who did you share with? Why did you share? What did you share? How did it make you feel?
  4. WRITE A STORY: Using a piece of looseleaf paper, in at least ONE paragraph, write down your story using the questions above as a guide. Please use your own voice.
  5. CHOOSE AN ANIMAL: If you could be any animal, what animal would you choose? What does this animal have to share with others?
  6. DRAW YOUR ANIMAL: Using MS Paint, draw your animal, then save it to My Documents, saving it as yourname.bmp (example: wheatfall.bmp).
  7. VIEW POWERPOINT SLIDE SHOW: Watch this slide show.
  8. MAKE YOUR POWERPOINT SLIDE SHOW: Using MS Powerpoint, and using the slideshow as your guide, create your group's slide show. Your group will create:
  • one page for things they've shared,
  • one page for things that have been shared with them,
  • and each person will have their own page for their animal with a paragraph answering the questions on Number 5.
  • For a group of 4, there will be at least 6 pages.
  • If you need help using PowerPoint, click here.

9. Present your PowerPoint presentation to the class.

Create a Book (complete this by yourself)

  1. TELL A STORY: Each person in the group will tell a story about a time when someone shared with them. What did they share? Who shared with you? Why do you remember this?
  2. WRITE A STORY: Using a piece of looseleaf paper, in at least ONE paragraph, write down your story using the questions above as a guide. Please use your own voice. Draw any illustrations that help tell your story. You may use up to three pages.
  3. TELL A STORY: Each person in the group will tell a story about a time when he or she shared with someone else. Who did you share with? Why did you share? What did you share? How did it make you feel?
  4. WRITE A STORY: Using a piece of looseleaf paper, in at least ONE paragraph, write down your story using the questions above as a guide. Please use your own voice. Draw any illustrations that help tell your story. You may use up to three pages.
  5. CHOOSE AN ANIMAL: If you could be any animal, what animal would you choose? What does this animal have to share with others?
  6. DRAW YOUR ANIMAL: Using crayons or markers, draw your animal. Include a paragraph that answers the questions on number 5.
  7. BOOK COVER: Create a cover for your book using construction paper. What is the title of your book?
  8. ASSEMBLE YOUR BOOK: Using the pages you've made already, assemble your book using the stapler.
  9. PRESENT YOUR BOOK: Present your book to the class.

Evaluation

When you have finished your project, you will be graded on:

Neatness 20 points
Followed PowerPoint Model (if multimedia) 10 points
Teamwork (if multimedia) 10 points
Spelling 20 points (deduct 1 pt for each word misspelled)
Grammar 20 points (deduct 1 pt for each mistake)
Pictures - drawn neatly, colored nicely, used them in PowerPoint presentation 20 points
Use of voice ( if book) 20 points

 

76-100 points 4
51-75 points 3
26-50 points 2
0-25 points 1

Conclusion

Wow! You have really accomplished a lot!

You have learned about sharing, and have found out what you have to share with others. Each of us has a gift. I hope you found one of your gifts, and will always find a way to share your special gift with others.

Besides that, you also:

Wrote a book! AND

Used the computer! AND

Showed excellent writing skills! AND

Produced an outstanding response to literature.

I am proud of you!

If you finish ahead of time and internet access is available, go here and complete the Rainbow Fish puzzle.

Send your friends a Rainbow Fish postcard.

Credits & References

Buy a poster of The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

Buy a copy of The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

Last updated on July 31, 2003. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page