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Just a Dream Activities and Earth Day Lapbook Distance Learning

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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Just a Dream is a great book to use to celebrate Earth Day, as a connection with your ecology unit, or for comprehension skill modeling. Chris VanAllsburg's detailed illustrations provide excellent opportunities for making inferences and theme extension, but the story details demonstrate his author's craft. This great title works well as a mentor text for writing or for guided reading.


The unit is set up in a before/during/after format and includes the following:

♻️ schema builder

♻️ vocabulary organizer and word cards

♻️ making connections organizer

♻️ column notes organizer for notetaking during reading

♻️ BME organizer

♻️ question task cards for the book/response page

♻️ retelling page

♻️ inference examples and impressions

♻️ a lapbook or interactive notebook for Earth Day

♻️ Earth Day writing prompt

35 pages total


  • Context Clues
  • Making Connections
  • Making Inferences
  • Story Retelling/Summarizing
  • Asking/Answering Questions
  • Author's Craft
  • Text evidence


  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Endangered Animals
  • Making a difference at School, in my Community, and in our World
  • How Plants Help Us
  • Earth Day Vocabulary
  • History of Earth Day Flapbook
  • Global Warming
  • Cleaning Up in Action
  • How I Help At Home
  • I Can Make a Difference

For a detailed look at this unit, a preview is provided with most pages visible.

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Total Pages
35 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.


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