This lesson introduces the concept of sharing and its relationship to a harmonious society. It also introduces good citizenship as learning how to solve problems, increases listening comprehension and use of critical thinking skills.
One Thirty-Minute Class Period
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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.
"Did you ever have something that other people wanted? Were you boastful about your possession? What does it mean to share? Can you share parts of your body?" Explore the answers that the children contribute and then tell them about the story and its meaning,
"Sharing is good, being selfish is not. You cannot buy friends, but not sharing can cause people to ostracize you if you are boastful of your possessions."
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. Use the suggestions that contain "good citizen" characteristics, especially those related to concept of "individual action for the common good." Note letters of the alphabet children had problems identifying in the story. As children make their fish, observe how well they share materials and resolve material sharing problems; also, assess for appropriate psychomotor skills.
Science follow-up: note how well children sort and group pictures of ocean life.
Language Arts: Identify letters in the story's text.
Science: Explore different types of ocean life and conditions.
Art: Construct a rainbow fish of the students' own.
Lesson Developed By:Pamela McIntosh
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