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.
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