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Only One You

Enduring Idea (Big Idea): “There’s only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place.”
–Linda Kranz, Only One You
Lesson Title: Only One You
Grade/Class: Elementary, 2nd grade
Time Allotment: Two/Three 45 min. class periods
1. Lesson summary:
Students will listen to the
story Only One You, by
Linda Kranz, and create
their own unique fish
using crayons and
watercolor paint. The
students will learn the
lesson, “There’s only one
you in this great big world.
Make it a better place”

2. Artworks, artists and/or

artifacts: Only One You
book by Linda Kranz
3. Key concept(s):
a) Everyone has the opportunity to make the world a better place.
b) Everyone is unique and different in their own way. There’s only one you.
c) Artists can inspire others to make change in the world.
4. Essential Questions:
a) How can we make the world a better place?
b) What makes all of us different from one another? How are we unique?
c) How can artists inspire others to make change in the world?

5. Standards:
National Core Art Standards
Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.
PA Art Standards
9.1.3 A: Know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works in the
arts and humanities. (Color, line, shape, texture)
9.1.3 B: Recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and
principles to produce, review and revise original works in the arts. (Paint, Draw)
9.1.3 H: Handle materials, equipment, and tools safely at work and performance spaces.

 Students will listen aloud to teacher reading Only One You by Linda Kranz.
 Students will create his/her own unique fish using the elements of art, such as line,
color, and shape.
 Students will reflect on the lessons learned from the story, by having a small class
ASSESSMENT: I will ask students what they learned from the book Only One You. What
themes/ morals come out of this story? Ask the students the essential questions as a closure
during the lesson. How can we make the world a better place? What makes each of us unique
from one another?
Day 1:
 The teacher will first introduce the story, Only One You by Linda Kranz. The teacher will
read the story to the students, and have them pay close attention to the illustrations in
the story. Students will also pay attention to the themes or lessons that the book is
trying to teach.
 Students will be asked
to name some of the
lessons learned in the
 Students will each get
their own piece of
watercolor paper, and
be instructed to draw a
big oval with crayon on
the paper that fills the
entire page.
 Next, the teacher will
demonstrate how to
draw the fish’s eye and mouth.
Day 2:
 Students will have the freedom to design their unique fish however they want using
their box of crayons.
 After drawing their designs on their fish, students will use watercolor paint and paint
their fish with different colors in each section of their fish.
 The teacher will talk with the students about wax resist, and using crayons and
watercolor together on one piece.
Day 3:
 Students will finish painting their fish with watercolor, and cut out their fish from the

Materials: Only One You by Linda Kranz, watercolor paper, crayons, watercolor paint, scissors