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Dreamers Activities and Lesson Plans

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Dreamers will love this post. It includes tons of helpful information about the book and recommends quality teaching resources. This post will save you lots of time!

With themes of perseverance and transitions, this Dreamers picture book by Yuyi Morales is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. This story will become one of your favorite children’s books about the library. Your students will love it too!

Engage Your Students with Dreamers Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Dreamers. You can find it in the section below.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Dreamers reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

DREAMERS SUMMARY

Dreamers tells the story of a mother who immigrated to a new home with her young child. They pack a backpack full of gifts and make the journey there. It is challenging for them at first. The people in the new country speak a different language. It is difficult for them to understand and they make a lot of mistakes. 

One day, the two discover a library. By checking out books at the library, they start to learn a new language. Overtime, they are able to write and speak the language. They never gave up on their dream of becoming something greater, something they haven’t imagined yet. 

Dreamers is a story of perseverance and dreaming for a better life.

DREAMERS LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy. They also include printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Dreamers, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Dreamers reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • summarize / retell
  • analyzing illustrations
  • plot | problem – solution
  • identify the main idea
  • author’s purpose

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • transitions
  • perseverance

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • verb tense
  • irregular verbs
  • prefixes
  • homophones

DREAMERS ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Dreamers book companion
elementary teacher reading aloud a picture book to her students

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Dreamers book cover and sequencing worksheet

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Dreamers?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD480L
  • Guided Reading Level: M
  • DRA Level: 20 – 24
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.6

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales.

What genre is Dreamers?

It is a biography and autobiography book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 40 pages long.

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