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I did this demo lesson in a few classes during March. All of them were very successful, and students were actively using the target language. As a follow up, some teachers did Language Arts projects with their students. Here are some of the results:

Objectives: Students will understand that a fish is an animal with scales that lives underwater. Students will listen and respond to a story. Students will understand the phonograms f and sh.

Materials: Rainbow fish book (big book, ppt, online story).Warm Up: 5 min, songs and TPR

Intro: Show students the picture of Rainbow Fish. Ask them what colors they see. Ask them if they know what a fish is. What body parts does it have? Does it look like other animals?

Show the scales of rainbow fish. Explain what a scale is, and that the scales of rainbow fish are very special because they are beautiful.

Explain these things about the story:

  • who: rainbow fish
  • what: his beautiful scales
  • where: underwater
Read the story: ask questions from time to time to check for comprehension.
Follow up:
Writing: ask students to write about what makes them special
  •      lower level- 1 word or a word list
  •      middle- simple sentence
  •      upper- 2-3 sentences

Language Arts: Make a rainbow fish by cutting out scales. Use foil, glitter, or other materials to make them “shiny” then glue onto a cutout fish. Hang from the ceiling by string.

Reading: Comprehension Worksheet
-match animal body parts
-read an incorrect sentence and correct it
-complete the sentence
-true or false
Extension: (listening and speaking) Use the fish cutouts to put the kids in groups. Have them practice saying,
“May I have a scale please?”
“Thank you! Thank you!”
Rainbow Fish online
click on the Rainbow Fish