Thursday, 4 September 2014

Making Dream Catchers! Story Time and Craft :) Free Worksheet Download!

I wanted to have a breezy and fun English class for the first day back of after-school English. I only had one kid show as the others aren't in the routine yet, typical first week back symptoms. hehe

So it was a nice relaxing lesson, with the theme of "dreams"...

First we read the fantastic book "Willy the Dreamer" by Anthony Browne.
We took turns reading page by page and then I gave this worksheet and asked her to write what she remembers - What did Willy dream of?

Download Willy The Dreamer worksheet here

We brainstormed our own dreams on the board and answered the bottom question.

And next we watched a few 'dream scenes' on Youtube and talked about bad dreams and good dreams...

Making Dreamcatchers!

Then I told her about 'dreamcatchers' and where they came from, what they're for, etc.
Just a simple talk and then we made our very own, plate sized ones!

For those of you who don't know... dreamcatchers originally came from the Ojibwe people of North America and eventually spread throughout all Native American culture. They are traditionally made from horsehair but now more often from string or yarn and decorated with beads and feathers. They are believed to give their owner good dreams - 'catching' the bad dreams so that we only have good dreams. For more info :Origin Of The Dreamcatcher

I got the idea from this website :Make Dream Catchers Easy
Super simple and fun. I used the left over summer camp craft supplies , but all you need are paper plates, string, some beads and or pipe cleaners/ pompoms and scissors...add any other decorative ideas you want . We also used stickers to decorate!

First we cut our paper plates
And made small holes all around using scissors - a hole punch would be easier.
Then we used string to make a design through the holes.
Then we decorated !

 Our final Dream Catchers!

Our dream board...

 My co-worker also did this lesson with her after school English club of 3rd and 4th graders and they turned out great. She chose to slow the lesson down and do it in 3 parts, repeating the book each lesson so they really learn the book and new vocab. In her first lesson she had them read, answer questions about the book and colour the plates after cutting.

The second lesson was reading and then hole punching the plates and stringing the dream-catchers with 2 different colour threads.

The third lesson will be another reading and finishing the dream-catchers which will also include braiding string and attaching to the dream-catchers as 'tails'.

Final display:

Simple and relaxing!
And we read a book! Always a plus!
Happy Teaching!


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