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The Pout Pout Fish Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Pout Pout Fish will love this post. It includes tons of helpful information for teachers like the book summary, reading levels, genre, and reading skills the book lends itself to teaching. It even includes resource recommendations that making planning and prepping your next interactive read aloud lesson quick and easy.

With a themes of feelings, this The Pout Pout Fish picture book by Deborah Diesen is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a popular book in your classroom too!

Engage Your Students with The Pout Pout Fish Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of The Pout Pout Fish.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with The Pout Pout Fish reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

THE POUT POUT FISH SUMMARY

Deborah Diesen’s book The Pout Pout Fish is about a glum fish that always has a pout on his face. Mr. Fish thinks that because he always has a pout on his face, he is meant to spread the “dreary-wearies” wherever he goes. Throughout the book, different sea creatures approach Mr. Fish and try to get him to stop pouting. They suggest he try smiling, turn his frown upside down, and ask not to be greeted with a scowl. Mr. Fish explains that he wishes he could change, but he can’t. He is a pout-pout fish and it’s not up to him.

 

Then, a new fish comes along. She is bright and a great swimmer. Instead of talking to Mr. Fish like the others, she swims right up, gives him a kiss and swims away. Mr. Fish can’t believe what happened! He realizes that he has been wrong all along. He is not a pout-pout fish. Instead, he is a kiss-kiss fish. His face is meant to spread cheer all over so he does just that! Mr. Fish gives everyone a smooch and starts to spread cheer throughout the ocean. 

THE POUT POUT FISH LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for The Pout Pout Fish, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based The Pout Pout Fish reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making predictions
  • comparing and contrasting
  • analyzing character
  • plot | problem – solution
  • sequencing 
  • cause and effect

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • feelings

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • proper nouns 
  • action verbs 
  • prefixes 
  • synonyms

THE POUT POUT FISH ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
The Pout Pout Fish book companion
elementary students sitting on the rug listening to a picture book being read aloud by their teacher

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The Pout-Pout Fish book cover and sequencing worksheet

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Pout Pout Fish?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD660L
  • Guided Reading Level: O
  • DRA Level: 34-38
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.7

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Deborah Diesen. It was illustrated by Dan Hanna.

What genre is The Pout Pout Fish?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 32 pages long.

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