Lesson Plan

The Little Blue Fish

Teacher will read the beloved story "Rainbow Fish" to students, however, the discussion and lesson will be focusing on the character of The Little Blue Fish.
Lauren E.
La Sierra University
Riverside, United States
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Students will be able to...

Listen to a reading of Rainbow Fish

Discuss whether or not he/she agrees with Rainbow Fish's actions

Discuss other points of view than those of the main character

Use new vocabulary words

Write a fictional story based on the book

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English Language Arts
Grades 2
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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

Activity: Conversing

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"

Activity: Exploring

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.

Student Instructions

Students will tell teacher which words to keep in the paper and which words to swap out. 

5 Evaluate their Insight

Activity: Assessing

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!

Student Instructions

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.