Grade Level: Kindergarten
by Leo Lionni
Paper fish (one for each student)
Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
Students will be able to identify what cooperation and teamwork are
2. Students will work together on an art project
Ask if anyone has ever been a part of a group or team.
Are there any other times they have been asked to work together (at home or at school)?
Does working together make things easier? Tell students you need their
help today to try and make a big project easier for you.
Read the story “Swimmy”. Tell the students
to look out for examples of what happens when the fish work together. What did
they do? How does Swimmy feel? Discuss
after the story is read.
Fish Art Project
students that we are going to make a big fish just like Swimmy and his friends did.
Pass out a paper fish to each student. Have crayons/markers set up at
various locations throughout the room. Tell the students to take 5-10 minutes
to color in and cut out their fish. Remind students to share crayons and scissors.
up fish on the board as they are finished, making them into a large fish shape. Have
students look at the big fish. Ask questions like, “Do you think one person
could have colored all of these fish in 10 minutes?”, “Do you see how even though all the fish look different,
they can still work together?” Emphasize how being part of a team and working
together can make a BIG difference!