- Author: Judith St. George
- Illustrator: Matt Faulkner
- Publisher: Penguin Young Readers
- ISBN-13: 9780147512857
- Number of Pages: 48
- Genre: Non-fiction/Children's Literature
We always seem to think of Teddy Roosevelt as just one of our presidents, but he was a young child once too! Roosevelt went through his childhood dealing with the effects of asthma, becoming ill, and even encountering some bullies. Roosevelt perseveres through these challenges, takes up boxing, and pushes himself to be the healthiest he can be. Roosevelt had some great qualities as a president, but these qualities had always been a part of him, long before the fame. His willingness to adventure, to explore, to change, and to grow in who he was left his print in the sands of time. The echoes of Roosevelt as a child allowed him to push forward in his successes in life, while touching the lives of those around him with his determination, fight, and strength to go on.
Five Reading Components: Comprehension
Six Areas of Language Arts: Visually Representing/Listening
Standard: SL.3.2 – Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
RL. 3.5-Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
Teaching Points: Personally, I love history. This story can be put into use by using the example of Theodore Roosevelt, someone of influence, who struggled in his childhood with illness and asthma. This just goes to show that even the most famous, and influential of people, have pursued their dreams even if they had some snags along the way. A teacher can take scenes from the story and have the students put them into order. The students must back up their reasoning of the scenes. The teacher could also have students verbally put into words the story of Theodore Roosevelt, and can even listen to podcasts or speeches from the man himself.
Best Day of My Life-American Authors
This song focuses in on having a dream and having the guts to chase them! It can be used as an inspiration to live every day to the fullest and never give up on the dreams that you create for yourself.
Five Reading Components: Fluency
Six Areas of Language Arts: Listening/Viewing
Standard: SL.3.1a – Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
Teaching Points: Teachers can use this song and the lyrics as a means of discussion. The students can have a hand out the day before that has the lyrics on them. They must go home and read the material, come back with questions, and then there could be a whole group class discussion over how the lyrics relate to dreams! Students would be using their listening and speaking skills. Focusing in on the fluency of how kids read the song, then sing the song can allow the teacher to see struggles within the classroom.
This picture illustrates the plans and ideas of a young child. This child is exploring through his environment and obviously has a passion for what he is exploring with! The dreams of this young child are explicit and should be celebrated within a classroom.
Five Reading Components: Vocab
Six Areas of Language Arts: Viewing/Critical Thinking
Standard: SL.3.5 – Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.
Teaching Points: Students could definitely use this as a guiding picture throughout the unit. The teacher could start a discussion about the picture, then use that discussion to lead students to come up with a way to visually represent their own ideas, thoughts, and dreams. The students would then have to present their dreams to the class, by a variety of means, and can incorporate some vocabulary in there as well.
Mind Maps can be used in the classroom for students to organize their thoughts! This one is no exception. This is a great example of a Dreaming Mind Map that takes us through the thoughts, successes, failures, and dreams of a person!
Five Reading Components: Vocab/Comprehension
Six Areas of Language Arts: Writing/Visually Representing
Standard: W.3.6 – With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Teaching Points: A cool activity that a teacher could use in the classroom is the idea of a mind map. They can instead to a "Dream Map" where students map out their dreams, interrelate ideas/thoughts, and the students can even set goals. This gives students a way to be original, organize their thoughts into writing, and to have a visual of their end dream. The teacher could also incorporate different apps that can create a mind map.
Kid President is back and with a bang! This video explains that dreams are worth going for! There are some key comparisons between Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech and making sure that our dreams are heard too. Kid President's peppy personality puts the inspirations of our young generation into perspective.
Five Reading Components: Comprehension
6 Areas of Language Arts: Speaking/Writing
Standard: W.3.2a – Introduce a topic and group related information together.
Teaching Points: Empowering as ever, this Kid President video can be used to start of the entirety of the theme of dreaming big. The students first have to focus on comprehending the video fully-that, with just dreams, people can change the world. Then, the students can interact with a writing activity that can include inventions/social changes that happened because of dreams. Students would then present, verbally, why their dreams are important.