The Rainbow Fish
Today children grow up in a society where competition is inevitable and often encouraged. Very often, however, competition undermines the joy of sharing, which is important for building a peaceful community. By discovering their own strengths and weaknesses, children will learn that we are all different, and that each of us has something important to share with others. By learning to value ourselves and others, we can teach children to accept the diversity in this world and learn that although we have differences, we are much more alike than we are different.
Teacher will read The Rainbow Fish aloud to students and facilitate a discussion. This lesson comprises one piece of an entire unit on Language Arts using The Rainbow Fish book.
This lesson is designed for 4th graders. It is based on Language Arts. Students will practice listening skills, reading skills, writing skills and response to literature. This lesson does not require any prior knowledge.
Narrative Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text
Evaluation and Revision
Besides the standards this lesson addresses, students will practice critical thinking skills and interpersonal skills. Children will be asked to think more deeply about what they value, and will look within themselves to find their positive qualities. Students will also exercise teamwork as well as creative production of the finished product.
Day 1 - Teacher will read The Rainbow Fish aloud to the class. Students will be asked to work in groups to decide what they think the main idea of this story is. They will write their ideas on index cards and pass in to the teacher. Teacher will be able to assess what kind of understanding the children already have.
Day 2 - Students will be asked to remember the story of The Rainbow Fish. Teacher will read selected responses of students aloud from the index cards collected on Day 1. Students will be asked whether they agree or disagree. Students will be asked about sharing and asked to write down a time when someone shared with them.
Day 3-10 - Students will work on their WebQuests and have their choice to complete this assigment as a hardcopy book or multimedia presentation.
Paper and Pencils
Crayons and/or Markers
PC computers for students containing the following software:
Students may come up with other items to be graded on, if the teacher is willing to open this up to the class.
When students have finished their projects, they will be graded on:
Although many curriculum standards are addressed in this WebQuest, I believe the most important lesson the students will get from this exercise is that each of us is special, and we should celebrate and value ourselves and others.
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