The Rainbow Fish Story EAL – learning language, learning through language

January 19, 2016

This week during EAL we have been reading ‘The Rainbow Fish’, a lovely story about a beautiful fish. The Rainbow Fish is the loneliest fish in the ocean who becomes happier when he shares his beautiful scales with his friends. The story was a great opportunity to learn new words but also to enhance social and emotional skills. The students in Year 1 read the story, pointed at different words and pictures and talked about the rainbow fish’s feelings. The students predicted what would happen next in the story and acquired new language by labelling the parts of the fish. They enjoyed sharing and sequencing the events from the story, emphasising that stories have a beginning, middle, and end. We also made a Rainbow Fish book about friendship where we wrote what things a good friend might do. The children really liked the story and the various activities and are looking forward to their EAL lessons next week.