One of my favorite beginning of the year activities is to read the Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. After reading the story, we discuss how the rainbow fish treated others the way she wanted to be treated because she shared her shiny scales with everyone in the ocean. By sharing her scales, not only did it make the other fish in the ocean happy, it also made the rainbow fish feel good. Once we've discussed the author's purpose, I have each student trace a large fish pattern on a piece of paper and then water color the paper. After lunch, once they are dry, the kiddos cut out their fish and then I share one shiny scale (aluminum foil that the students think is better than gold!) with each student to glue on to their fish. The fish make a great display and it's a wonderful way to remind the students to share with their classmates. I wish I had pictures from last year's fish. I'll be sure to take some and post them when we do this activity this year.
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