Reading Rainbow episodes focus on teamwork and cooperation. A Chair for My Mother is a story about a child, her mother, and her grandmother working together as a team. After losing all their furniture in a fire, they save their money to buy a comfortable chair. At the end of this episode, students watch a choreographed dance put together by a team that includes the choreographer, dancers, and musicians.
Field trip segments
Teamwork - Students are shown how working together can accomplish more than working alone. LeVar practices with a dance group and choreographer on a lively, musical number titled: Teamwork.
All For One - LeVar visits the New York Fire Academy Firefighting Training Center and learns the importance of cooperative teamwork.
Practice Makes Perfect - LeVar lets viewers know that those things that are worth doing take time to achieve, the finished Teamwork routine is performed.
A Chair For My Mother: Author: Vera B. Williams Publisher: Greenwillow
My Mama Needs Me - by Mildred Pitts Walter, illus. Pat Cummings (Lothrop)
I Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf - by Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson, illus. Deborah Ray (HarperCollins)
Everett Anderson's Goodbye by Lucille Clifton, illus. Ann Grifalconi (Henry Holt)
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Ideal for Grades: K - 4
Duration: 30 minutes
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