By Marcus Pfister. Read by Ernest Borgnine. The Rainbow Fish is an award-winning book about a beautiful fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learn...
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This online streaming video comes from, www.storylineonline.net/, a site constructed by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Foundation. It provides links to several popular children's stories narrated by SAG members, with accompanying animations. This video for the story 'The Rainbow Fish' (Marcus Pfister), read by Ernest Borgnine, features animal characters to explore the concepts of individuality, desires and the ability to share.
As such, this online story could be used as a base from which to explore the characteristics of others in the Early Stage 1 classroom. The teacher could start with an initial group discussion, asking students about the characteristics that were both similar and those that differentiated the rainbow fish from the other fish. Responses could be recorded by the teacher on the board using a Venn diagram, where two circles representing 'Rainbow Fish' and 'other fish' overlap and similarities are recorded in the central circle, differences in the outer components of the circles. Here a teacher would be assessing children on their capacity to listen and respond orally to a visual text and communicate effectively using agreed interpersonal conventions (incorporates NSW English K-6 Syllabus outcomes: TES1.1 and TES1.2).
After presenting this as a scaffold for understanding characteristics, a further activity could entail student discussion on characteristics that vary within the classroom and selection of a particular attribute (e.g. hair colour) from which to perform a graphing activity. Here, as a class, and afterwards individually, the number of students with different hair colour would be counted and the categorical data represented in a pie or bar chart (incorporates NSW Mathematics K-6 Syllabus outcome: DES1.1). Research shows that incorporating literature into mathematics instruction enables students of differing achievement levels to be engaged in a meaningful and comfortable context, resulting in a richer and deeper understanding of the mathematical concepts (Hellwig, Monroe, & Jacobs, 2000).
Board of Studies NSW (1998). English K-6 Syllabus. Sydney: Board of Studies.
Board of Studies NSW (2002). Mathematics K-6 Syllabus. Sydney: Board of Studies.
Hellwig, Stacey J., Monroe, Eula Ewing & Jacobs, James S. (2000). Making Informed Choices: Selecting Children’s Trade Books for Mathematics Instruction. Teaching Children Mathematics, 7(3), 138–143.