A Fish Named Sally
Paint Picture and Story Designed By Meagan Crosby


    Deep inside the ocean there lived a fish named Sally. She was a very beautiful pink fish with green polka dots all over her body. Sally was five years old and the smallest fish in her school. At Oceanreef Elementary Sally was always teased about her size. Oceanreef Elementary was the biggest school in the ocean. Many great athletes have graduated from this school.

    One hot summer day Sally and the rest of her classmates were playing outside next to the Coral Reef. All of the students were playing a game called Shellball. Shellball is played by moving a seashell, with your fins, from one fish to another. Joby, one of Sally's classmates, hit the Shellball so hard that it bounced out of the water and over the reef. There was no way to get over the reef since the reef was sticking out of the top water. There was one small crack in the reef wall but none of the fish could fit through the  hole. Except for Sally.

    Sally was sitting alone on the bench next to the reef wall. All of her classmates were yelling at Joby for hitting the ball so hard. Sally slowly swam over to the rest of her class and very shyly said, "Maybe I can get the ball." The class turned to Sally in amazement because they had not thought about her being able to get the ball. Sally began to swim towards the hole in the wall. She pushed and pushed herself but she couldn't get through the hole. So all of the fish got behind Sally and helped push. She popped right out the other side, picked up the shellball, and swam back through the hole. Everyone started clapping and cheering. From that day on Sally was always part of the team and was never picked on again.

Activity for Lesson Using Critical Thinking

After sharing your creative writing story with your students, have your students use their critical thinking skills to answer the following questions to write or dictate their story.  After writing their stories, have the students draw a picture using the Paint program to illustrate their story.

Critical thinking questions to ask students that would change your story to their story:
1. How would you change the main character? (Introduction)
2. Where would your story take place? (Setting)
3. What would happen to the main character in your story? (Plot)
4. How would your story end? (Ending)

Jodi's Picture:  Jodi said that she would change the story to be about a flower who cannot grow very tall.
The flower lives in a garden adn someone comes along and sprinkles magic dust on her and makes her grow bigger adn brighter than all the other flowers in the garden.
Dalton Picture: Dalton said that he would change the story to be about a bird who falls out of his nest and cannot fly.
The story would tell about how the baby bird attempts to fly. The setting of the story is on the nature trail behind the Bacon County Elementary School.

Funny fish looking at hood
Meagan's Tropical

pink email.

reel in the fish