This lesson is part of a literacy unit that teaches about the importance of community and giving. Students read and respond to the book The Rainbow Fish and think critically about sharing how giving brought more happiness to the Rainbow Fish and harmony to the whole community.
One Thirty-Minute Class Period
The learner will:
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister is the story of a beautiful fish that is unique because he has silver scales all over his body. The other fish are impressed by his beauty and want one of his scales. He does not want to share and consequently the fish do not play with him. Confused, he seeks a solution from the other ocean life. The advice was, "Give a glittering scale to each of the other fish, then you will discover how to be happy." While he was reluctant at first, he discovered that the advice was correct.
- Children are able to give story details that occur at the beginning, middle, and end of the book (list these on the board). Ask children if they can suggest alternative solutions to the problem faced by Rainbow Fish. Ask them which solutions are examples of "good citizen" characteristics, especially those related to concept of "individual action for the common good."
- As children make their fish, observe how well they share materials and resolve material sharing problems.
Social studies: Compare and contrast the community of fish with a community that the students belong to. Use a Venn diagram to list traits they share and that are unique to each.
Math: Sort and graph the student-made fish by unique traits.
Student Voice: Encourage students to personalize the discussion by expressing their own "lesson learned" about their ability to give to the community.
Lesson Developed By:Betsy Flikkema
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