The Rainbow Fish Resource Set

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The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Rainbow Fish is the most beautiful fish in the ocean with sparkling silver scales. But, in order to discover the secret to friendship and happiness, Rainbow Fish must first learn a lesson about the value of sharing with others. The simple, clear message presented in this book supports early readers well and also offers effective practice in making connections, retelling and summarizing, and making inferences.

Teach with The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Beginning Consonant Blends
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
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Common Core Alignment
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Connections: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Inferences: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.5 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Word Work: RF.2.3 RF.2.4
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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    The Rainbow Fish Resource Set

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with The Rainbow Fish

    In The Rainbow Fish, the author presents the reader with very clear messages about sharing and friendship. Early readers can use this book to practice identifying evidence throughout the text that supports the author's message, while more advanced readers can engage in deeper discussion about possible suggestions of conformity.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Connections with The Rainbow Fish

    Beginner readers will easily be able to identify this story’s message about the value of sharing, which makes it a relevant and helpful classroom resource for making text-to-self connections. More advanced readers should be able to make connections to other texts with similar messages and also apply text-to-world observations.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Inferences with The Rainbow Fish

    This book depends on its detailed text to express character emotion and motivation. As a result, your students will practice identifying words that help them infer meaning while reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.5 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Retelling and Summarizing with The Rainbow Fish

    With just a few distinct characters and a clear problem and solution, The Rainbow Fish supports effective practice in retelling key story details and summarizing the author’s purpose.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    The Rainbow Fish Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    The Rainbow Fish Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Rainbow Fish. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, reader's notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    The Rainbow Fish Word Work - Beginning Consonant Blends

    The Rainbow Fish is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about beginning consonant blends. Either download The Rainbow Fish Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.2.3 RF.2.4

    The Rainbow Fish Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The Rainbow Fish, it’s helpful to review the new vocabulary used in the story. Either download The Rainbow Fish Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

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