Recently, 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.
We also created our own Rainbow Fish together as a school 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.