for Rainbow Day
students will speak and write about a favorite object,
while distinguishing between fiction and nonfiction.
- Each student should have
an object brought in from home which is his/her
- Paper and Writing utensils
- Allow the students to
speak in front of the class about their favorite
colored object. If the class is too large, have
them break into pairs and tell their partner about the
- Once everyone has had a
chance to speak, have the students write about their
object. Discuss the difference between fiction
and nonfiction writing.
- Have the students choose
what type of writing they would like to do about their
object. They may write a nonfiction piece in
which they describe the object, explain how they
acquired it, etc. Those who choose to write a
fictional piece may be given the story starter,
"My blue (or the appropriate color)
_______(object) went looking for a
rainbow..." Younger students may work
together to write a fictional story incorporating all
of the objects brought into school. The teacher
may record this story on chart paper.
- To expand on the above
lesson, review some statements that are fact about
rainbows and those that are fiction. This will
help to reinforce the concept of fiction vs.
- Have a lesson on compound
words using "Rainbow" as the starting point.
- Complete the story
starter, "I want to find a ___________ at the end
of a rainbow."
- Read the book, "The
Rough-Face Girl" by Rafe Martin. Within
this Native-American Legend book, there are allusions
made to the rainbow. Compare and contrast this
book to the story of Cinderella.
- Learn to sign the colors
using the following link American
Sign Language Browser.