Children will explore feelings and perspectives as they hear stories about Rainbow Fish.

Lesson Objectives

Curriculum Context


Children will be able to describe how chosen characters’ feelings change over time.


AZ Early Learning Standards

Social/Emotional Strand 1 Concept 2
The child recognizes and expresses feelings of self and others.

Mathematics: Strand 2 Concept 2
The child uses data to see relationships and make sense of the environment.

Additional Objectives
Objective 1:
Regulates own emotions and behaviors

Objective 3a: Balances needs and rights of self and others

  • Change over time
  • Big picture
  • Changes perspective
Materials Time Systems Tools
Rainbow Fish series by Marcus Fister, including:

  • The Rainbow Fish
  • Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale
  • Rainbow Fish and the Sea Monster’s Cave
  • Rainbow Fish to the Rescue!

Graphing paper



15 minute block of time per story and 5-10 minutes for each extension
  • Behavior-over-time graphs

Implemented by: Jen Parker

Submitted by: Jen Parker

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