1.)Begin lesson by asking students "Have you ever had something you had to give away?" Encourage students to share experiences.
2.)Have students draw pictures of the following situation: You have only one piece of candy and someone asks you for it. Draw a picture showing what you would do. Allow students to share pictures and comments.
3.)Tell students that you are going to read a book about someone who had something that others wanted. Show students the cover of the book and discuss.
4.)Read the first page description of Rainbow Fish. Use a graphic organizer to have students brainstorm words or ideas that describe Rainbow Fish.
5.)Continue reading, showing students pictures, through starfish telling Rainbow to go see the octopus.
6.)Use graphic organizer to describe the cause and effect of Rainbow Fish refusing to share his scales.
7.)Continue reading story through Rainbow Fish giving Little Blue Fish a scale. Students will use a graphic organizer to describe this event, to write a sentence and/or draw a picture to depict the event, and then to write a sentence and/or draw a picture making a prediction about what they think will happen next in the story.
8.)Read remainder of story and discuss.
9.)As a class or individually, use a graphic organizer to describe Rainbow Fish at the beginning of the story and at the end of the story and what caused him to change. Discuss real life application (generosity).
10.)Have students complete an art project. Use paper plates to make a Rainbow Fish. Cut triangle shaped wedge (fish mouth) and glue to opposite side (fish tail). Use paint, glitter, blue paper, and shiny paper to make scales on the fish.
11.)Use sentence strips to have students complete the sentence: "Rainbow Fish was generous by giving away his scales. I am generous because I..."
12.)Allow students to share completed projects. Display students' Rainbow Fish and sentence strips in classroom or hallway.