Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Blueprint™
“The Rainbow Fish – Gifts I Bring to the World”
NDNAEU 1 “Sacred Relatives”, NDNAEU 2 “Learning & Storytelling”, NDNAEU 7 “Native Identity”
Compelling QuestionWhat are the unique gifts I bring to the world?
Standards and PracticesRL. 1-7 Grades K-3

Writing  standards K-3
Kindergarten: Write informative/explanatory texts using a combination of drawing and writing.
a. Name what they are writing about.
b. Supply some information about the topic.

Grade 1 : Write informative/explanatory texts.
a. Name a topic.
b. Supply some facts about the topic.
c. Provide some sense of closure.

Grade 2: Write informative/explanatory texts.
a. Introduce a topic.
b. Use facts and definitions to develop points.
c. Use transitional words when appropriate.
d. Provide a concluding statement or section.

Grade 3: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and
convey ideas and information clearly.
a. Introduce a topic and group related information together;
include illustrations when useful to aiding
b. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.
c. Use transitional words and phrases (e.g., also, another,
and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of
d. Provide a concluding statement or section.
Staging the QuestionWhat are things about me that make me unique or special?
How might my special gifts help others?
Why is it important to notice the gifts in others?
Supporting Question 1 Supporting Question 2 
What is special about me?How do others help me know what my gifts are?
Formative Performance TaskFormative Performance Task
Read the story, The Rainbow Fish together in class using
either the book or the link below to watch it.
Have students create a picture with the Rainbow Fish and
write a special gift they have on his shiny scale.
After having shared The Rainbow Fish story together, talk
about the importance of the Octopus in the story.
How did he help Rainbow Fish understand his own gift
and the importance of sharing it in the world?
Have students identify the person in their own lives who
helps them.
Write a thank you to that person and share it with them.
Featured SourcesFeatured Sources
WoLakota Staff Developed Lesson “The Rainbow Fish”
The Rainbow Fish read by Ernest Borgnine
Star Boy by Paul Goble
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: Supported Claim (written/spoken) or Demonstration of Process (project-based)Have a circle discussion about the unique gifts we each bring to the world.
Ask students to share what they think would happen if people kept their gifts a secret.
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: ExtensionWrite a thank you to individuals in the school who share their gifts to help others. For example: the bus driver, the cooks, the custodians, etc.
Taking Informed Action / Real World ApplicationWrite a thank you to individuals in the school who share their gifts to help others. For example: the bus driver, the cooks, the custodians, etc.
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