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Teacher Name-:  Mikey Thibbs Date-:  September 5, 2005
Grade Level-:  1 Subject-:  Respect, Cooperation
Title-:  Rainbow Friends Unit-:  Social Interaction
Period-:  1
Title--: Daily Education
Lesson Type-:   This lesson will introduce the students to the concept that each of us is special and unique. This will be an ongoing theme throughout the year with daily activities and lessons to reinforce the concept of respect and community.
Introductory/Reinforcement-:   Students will listen to the song, We're Just Like Crayons by Stephen Fite. Teacher can refer to website: http://www.songsforteaching. com/fitecrayons.htm. A chart with the words to the song should be displayed for the students to follow along. Distribute crayons to the students, using only the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. The order of the colors in the rainbow can be remembered with this name: ROY G. BIV. As they sing the song, they can hold up crayons that relate to the song.
Aim/Objective(s)-:   Students will be able to recognize the colors of a rainbow. Students will be able to understand the uniqueness of each person in the classroom. Students will work cooperatively with one another to discover and respect the talents and gifts of each other. After listening to the book, The Rainbow Fish, students will discover at least one talent about a classmate. After completing the Rainbow Fish Project, the students will write at least two sentences about their partner's talent.
Procedure-:   After students have become familiar with the rainbow colors through singing, We're Just Like Crayons, they will sit in a circle and listen to the story, The Rainbow Fish. This book is about a little fish who thought he was too good to play with the other fish. He learns his lesson about sharing. The teacher will help students to discover how the lesson of this book can apply to them as a class.
Demonstration/Explanation-:   After listening to the Rainbow Fish, the students will be assigned a partner. They will answer questions that the teacher has prepared ahead of time. Questions can include: 1. What is your favorite game to play? 2. What is your favorite subject in school? 3. Do you like to write? To draw? To race? To put things together? 4. What do you think you do best? The teacher will bring the class together after 10 minutes and explain that we are all like the Rainbow Fish and need to recognize that everyone is needed to make a community or a classroom.
Assignment(s)-:   A template of the Rainbow Fish will be placed on a bulletin board in the classroom. The students will each be given a "scale" from the fish. They are to write one thing that is special about the partner they interviewed. Color it with one of the rainbow colors. When they are finished, they will place their scales on the template to complete the Rainbow Fish. Discuss how all of us contribute to making the fish beautiful with our rainbow colors and our talents. This will be the theme throughout the year to encourage a sense of community in the classroom.
Practice-:   The students will be given a template of the rainbow fish with predrawn lines for writing. They will work independently to write 2 or 3 sentences about their partner. They can share what they learned and what makes that person special to the class. They can post these around the Rainbow Fish on the bulletin board after they share with the class.
Homework-:   Students will expand this lesson by making a "Rainbow Fish" with their family. The fish template will be given to the students with the scales to be used in the template. Each student is to find the talents and gifts of each member of their family and complete the fish. If it is a small family, students may include other relatives.
Evaluation-:   The students will be assessed on the completion of their homework and following directions. Students will be assessed by participating in the discussions. Students will be assessed by effort shown in working cooperatively with partners.
Rubric/Checklist/Quiz-:   A checklist will be created that includes: 1. Student worked cooperatively with partner. 2. Student completed homework assignment. 3. Student participated in class discussions. 4. Student displayed effort throughout this lesson.