Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, describe the author's message, and define unfamiliar terms while reading 'Just a Dream' by Chris Van Allsburg.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg, students will be able to:

  • answer questions about Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg
  • define key terms from the book and use the words accurately
  • discuss the importance of taking care of the environment

Time Length

60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).


  • bulging
  • eager
  • future
  • gazed
  • neutral
  • present
  • smog
  • smokestack


  • Copies of Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Vocabulary word cards

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