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RESPECT

Literature Link

The Rainbow Fish

Author:

Marcus Pfister

Summary:

Rainbow Fish, “the most beautiful fish in the entire ocean, refuses to share his prized iridescent scales—which, indeed, flash and sparkle like prisms as each page is turned. When his greed leaves him without friends or admirers, the lonely fish seeks advice from the wise octopus, who counsels him to give away his beauty and “discover how to be happy.”

Character Education Focus:

  • This book displays how being kind and respectful to others brings true happiness and inner beauty to oneself.

Reading Objective:

THE LEARNERS WILL:

  • Compare and contrast the way Rainbow Fish behaved at the beginning and end of the story.

Directions:

  • List the character traits of the Rainbow Fish at the beginning of the story (he was selfish and greedy).
  • List the character traits of Rainbow Fish at the end of the story (he was kind and respectful).
  • Conclude by discussing how being kind and respectful to others brings true happiness and inner beauty to oneself.

Extensions:

Writing Objective:
The learners will write a sentence about how friends can make other friends happy.

Directions:

  • After reading the story, discuss why Rainbow Fish was finally happy.
  • Brainstorm the ways friends can make other friends happy; write children’s ideas on chart paper.
  • Pass out a blank sheet of paper with this sentence starter typed on the bottom: “I feel happy when a friend ________.”
  • The teacher will write in the rest of the sentence, as they dictate it.
  • Children will draw a picture of a friend making them happy.

ASCA:A:A2.8 Learn how to make and keep friends

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