Walter cares more about television and jelly doughnuts than recycling the trash. This all changes when he is transported in a dream to the future and gets a glimpse of what Earth will be like if he and others do not take care of the planet. Luckily, he wakes up and decides to live differently, even planting a tree for his birthday gift. Students will love the intriguing illustrations and story of a boy who learns to appreciate and respect our environment…a great Earth Day connection!
This interactive read aloud is designed for one or two class periods, however extensions can be taken over several days.
The lesson objective is: Students will be able to determine the theme of Just a Dream by analyzing how the character changes in response to the problem. At the end of the lesson, after students participate in discussion to analyze character traits and actions, they will be independently assessed by writing in response to the prompt: What is the theme, or lesson, readers can learn from Just a Dream? Students will use text evidence and information gathered from the discussions to answer the prompt.
In addition to inferring the theme of the story (the lesson’s main objective), extension skills and strategies include: predicting, summarizing, inferring character traits, inferring the meaning of vocabulary words, making connections, writing extension, speaking and listening, and more!
In the lesson plan, target questions are posed along with expected student answers and scaffolding questions to support students as needed. The scaffolding questions are designed to help students organize their thinking and understanding in smaller chunks to reach the target question.
The essential question, objective, and questions are in the lesson plan, but also in a printable format to be projected or posted for the lesson.
This lesson focuses on 11 key vocabulary words. Other vocabulary words may be pertinent for your students; included are blank vocabulary cards so that you can customize for your students’ needs.
-Lesson Plan page w/ text’s big idea, EQ, target, vocabulary list, assessment, and teacher language
-Teacher's questioning guide w/stopping points, questions, expected answers, and possible scaffolding questions
-Template to print questions/vocabulary on post-its and place in the book before teaching for easy reference. Please note: on each post-it, you will find (for the corresponding page) key vocabulary, the main lesson plan questions and scaffolding questions.
-Quick print form of the questions to be projected/posted for students during read aloud
-Graphic organizer with lesson questions for students to collect their own thinking during the read aloud
-Assessment task cards (2 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities).
Extensions and Extras to continue the learning:
-6 photographs for each “dream scene” to promote and extend discussion
-11 vocabulary cards and 3 blank cards
-Student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and phrases and provide context clues (answer key included)
-3 vocabulary 4-square activity options
-Activity to illustrate earth’s future
-Writing extension to summarize story using vocabulary words
-4 varieties of Extension and Discussion task cards
-Activity for students to create their own plan to how they can protect the planet’s future
Please let me know if you have any questions!
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