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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

The Real Rainbow Fish: Glow in the Dark

Created on October 30, 2022 by lightARTed

After reading the book, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, 2nd grade students learned about the fairy wrasse fish. Students used neon tempera cakes to paint their fish drawings that glow in the dark for our underwater black light art show.

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Students learn about the fairy wrasse fish for inspiration for their rainbow fish paintings.

Students demonstrate their painting techniques using neon tempera cakes.

watercolor paper, neon temper cakes, brushes,

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Students read the book, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. Discuss the book.

Introduce the fairy wrasse fish, show pictures.

Students draw and paint their own fish.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
[K-4] Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses

Abstract Art

Color/Value, Line

Painting, Tempera