Rainbow Fish

Brittany Zae

This lesson is designed to teach students understand the importance of being a good friend through literature and art activities.

Grade Level: Kindergarten

Subject: English/Language Arts

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes

Common Core Alignment

CCSS: ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.2 - Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.

Objectives & Outcomes

Students will be able to participate in shared viewing experiences, as well as listen to a variety of stories by following simple directions.

Materials Needed

  • "Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister
  • Rainbow Fish video
  • Paper with fish shape on it
  • Pre-cut scales of colored paper and aluminum foil
  • Glue
  • Coloring materials


Opening to Lesson

Show the students the Rainbow Fish Book and walk through the book with them asking for predictions as you show the images and share the title etc.

Body of Lesson

Direct Teaching

Watch the Rainbow Fish video and discuss with the students whether or not Rainbow Fish was a good friend and what parts of the video showed it.

Independent Practice

After the video I will then tell the students that they are going to make their own Rainbow Fish.  I will give them the following instructions: First, put your name on the back in the middle. Next, glue your scales onto your fish.  Then color you fish’s head, fin, and tail.  Finally, cut out your fish.


Hang the fish around the classroom and discuss the importance of being a good friend and maybe discuss examples of when students have been a good friend to others or others to them.

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Assessment & Evaluation

Through guided questions, close monitoring and informal observation; the teacher will be able to assess student’s ability and understanding of the subject being introduced. Through individually assessing during independent practice and reviewing during guided practice the teacher will be able to evaluate students. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for anyone who is misusing the magnifying glasses.

Modification & Differentiation

Students may work in groups or individually in order to complete their assignments. In order to accommodate for all students, allow extra time to review for lower students and extra worksheets to occupy the time of advanced students.

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