The Little Blue Fish
1 Engage with Story
Begin the lesson by showing a video reading of Rainbow Fish to class; the narrator uses different voices for each character, which allows teachers to already meet part of the content standard criteria.
2 Explore the Story
The next step is to lead a student discussion that explores their thoughts on the story. Make sure that you ask questions from both the perspective of Rainbow Fish and The Little Blue Fish. For example, "Why did The Little Blue Fish want one of Rainbow Fish's scales? Have you ever wanted something that someone else already had?"
3 Explain the "Why"
This is where the lesson really takes off! Use an overhead projector to show students a hand-written stroy by the teacher, which is all about The Little Blue Fish's perspective. Teachers are encouraged to be creative in writing a paragraph about why he wanted one of Rainbow Fish's scales. Make sure the story is read a loud and is projected on the screen so students can also see word/word choices.
4 Elaborate with "Better Words"
Attach a pre-made "Better Words" chart to the white board. On the first row, have words such as "say", "see" and "eat". Under them, create a list of creative synonymous words such as "nibble," "whisper," and "yelp." Students are then asked to look at the teacher's paper (projected onto the screen) and replace these common words with "better words." Teacher will then cross out common words per student suggestion and replace with new words as suggested by the students.
Students will tell teacher which words to keep in the paper and which words to swap out.
5 Evaluate their Insight
The last step for this lesson plan is for the teacher to walk around the room sparking ideas by asking creative questions such as, "What if The Little Blue Fish wanted to start a collection of shiny things?" or “Do you think The Little Blue Fish would sell the scale to buy something else? What would that be?” Be creative and be ready for the most wild stories to come from your class!
Students return to desk and write on the topic "Why The Little Blue Fish Wanted a Rainbow Scale." Students are to use the "Better Words" chart as a reference point for vocabulary in their own stories.
Key Standards Supported
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.