This past Wednesday, my school – the International School of Morocco – hosted it’s first parent workshop on character and learner traits. While the parents and a few of our teachers were busy, myself and another teacher brought all of the kids in the school together to learn about caring, using Rainbow Fish.
First, we read Rainbow Fish in 3 languages. I read it in English. A lovely 4th grade student read it in French, and thanks to an IPad and YouTube, we also watched it in Spanish. This multilingual approach meant that every student in the school was clear on the message of the story.
After reading the story, we talked about the ways that Rainbow Fish was caring and the ways that we can and should be caring in our school.
Next, we created our own Rainbow Fish. It was wonderful because all of the different levels of students (from 3 years old to 4th grade) worked together to create their fish. The younger students simply colored their fish, but 1st grade and up added caring words to each of the scales on the fish before they colored. We also glued a silver scale, which was cut from aluminum foil.
At the end of the day, we hung our beautiful Rainbow Fish onto the ocean scenes that my colleague so beautifully painted and hung right at the entrance to the school building. Now every day when we walk in the door, we have a reminder to be caring and a chance to talk to our students about what that means.
How have you used Rainbow Fish in your classroom?