Can You Hear a Rainbow?

Teach your class about compassion and empathy with Jamee Riggio Heelan's Can You Hear a Rainbow? As kids read about Chris, a boy who is deaf, they discuss the things he likes to do, as well as the ways he communicates with the world.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the discussion questions as reading assessments or guiding questions
  • Incorporate into a unit about acceptance, overcoming adversity, or anti-bullying
  • Teach pupils some foundational signs from ASL, such as the alphabet
Classroom Considerations
  • Refers to the lesson in the series about Helen Keller
  • Encourages learners to think about meeting people who are different than they are as an opportunity to reach out and make friends
  • Comes with links to additional materials, including the ASL alphabet 
  • Discussion questions are on the comprehension level and don't delve into further complex concepts