SynopsisA story told in rhyming couplets about hope over fear and that good comes after bad.
Lesson accessvia url-link or QR-Code
Equipment tablet, phone or laptop, internet connection, perhaps headphones
Resourcesdictionary (online or paper), craft materials
Language Skillslistening, vocabulary (verbs), speaking (read along)
Cross-curricular Linksart, science
Valuesresilience, friendship and positivity
World DayNational Find A Rainbow Day; National Day of Hope

Mini Picturebook e-Lessons: Guidelines

STEP 1: Look at the Cover

NoticeWhat do you see on the front cover? What do you notice about the fox? Where do you think they are? Where are the fox and the girl sitting?
PersonaliseHave you ever seen a rainbow? Where was it? How do rainbows make you feel?
PersonaliseHave you ever seen a fox? Where and at what time of the day?
TranslanguageFind three adjectives to describe a fox in your language and in English
PredictWhy do you think the girl and the fox are together?
ThinkWhat do you think ‘rain before rainbows’ and ‘clouds before sun’ mean?
Check Look up the meaning of these words: to creep in, to duel, to sow.
Step 2 and Step 3: Listen and Watch
Part AListen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment.
Part BListen and watch again and answer the questions, pause and replay when you need to.
What is the girl looking back at? How do you think the girl and the fox feel?
What do the fox and the girl climb? Why?
What type of dreams does the girl have?
How do dark days make the girl feel? Do they make you feel the same way?
Who do the girl and the fox fight against in dark days?
From 0.55 – 1.22 Smriti Halls reads in a louder and faster voice. How does this make you feel?
What sound does thunder make? What actions do the lightening, the wind and the waves make?
What helps you when you are in trouble?
Which friends help the girl and the fox?
What can you find with the help of friends?
What happens in the story after a dark day filled with clouds and rain?
How do the colours change during the story? How do they make you feel? What kind of ending do the colours suggest?
Step 4: Add your Voice
Review & Make NotesWatch again and write down or draw the different types of weather you can see. Which type of weather is your favourite? Why?
Review & read alongRead along with the author as she reads the beginning of the story. Can you hear which words rhyme?
Rain before rainbows.
Clouds before sun.
Night before daybreak.
The old day is done.
RememberCan you remember any other words from the story which rhyme?
CreateDo you know any words which rhyme with fox? Can you create a rhyme with your rhyming words?
ResearchThe rainbow has 7 colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Do you know why?
ThinkDuring the Covid-19 pandemic, many children have been drawing pictures of rainbows and displaying them in their windows. Do you know why? Have you drawn a rainbow?
ThinkWhat does the rainbow mean for you? Can you see a connection between the rainbow and the feelings of the girl in the story?
CraftsWhat would your own rainbow look like if you could choose your own colours? Draw, paint or make a collage.
ThinkWhat do you think is the message of this story?
Your OpinionWhich is your favourite part of the story? Why?
Step 5: Share and Evaluate your work
ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.
EvaluateComplete the evaluation sheet to reflect on your learning.

Need Help ? Part A: Read and complete. You can write or say your answers. You can do this on your own, in pairs or in a class discussion.
Part B: Think about how well you did. Choose and draw the smiley face that fits best.

Teacher Notes

Want More?
1Have you ever been out in the countryside at night? How does it make you feel? Draw a picture of the countryside at night.
2At the end of the story we see the plant growing process.
Sowing and planting. Roots before shoot. Stem before flower. Leaf before fruit.
Choose a fruit or vegetable from your own country and draw and label its growing stages from seed to fruit or vegetable.
3Watch the video of children in the UK drawing rainbows during the April 2020 lockdown
Click Here
Draw your own ‘keep safe’ rainbow.
Learn Sign Language

If you enjoyed the read aloud, why not learn some Sign Language. Watch Leanne sign Rain before Rainbows and learn how to sign: rain, rainbow, clouds and sun.

©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Prasadam-Halls  and illustrated by David Litchfield published by Walker Books 2020 

Video © Peters Storytime in Partnership with Walker Books