Sunday, October 14, 2012

Rainbow Fish Helps Us Build a Caring Community

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. 

We used Rainbow Fish to talk about caring at the International School of Morocco.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.

We used Rainbow Fish to talk about caring at the International School of Morocco.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. 

We used Rainbow Fish to talk about caring at the International School of Morocco.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.Free printable template for Rainbow Fish at Raki's Rad Resources.

Grab our Rainbow Fish Template free from Google Docs if you’d like to use it with your kiddos.

How have you used Rainbow Fish in your classroom?

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources