Just A Dream

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Bibliographic Information: Van, A. C. (1990). Just A dream. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Brief Annotation: Walter dreams of the future, but it is not at all what he expected. Throughout the night, his bed brings him to a life where he is surrounded by trash and smog. When he wakes, Walters priorities change and he makes time to care for the world around him.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: 2-4

Readers who will like this: Readers who recycle; readers who enjoy the outdoors; readers who like technology

Rating/Response: 4 By dreaming up a future of technology, this story teaches students how to avoid the garbage and smog the future may hold by bringing attention to the consequences of industrial luxuries. This book creatively addresses and important message and gets readers thinking about the effects of their interactions with their environment.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: “What are things you do to care for the environment around you?”

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: This book will provide a relevant opening activity for early elementary students as they learn the power of conservation as they consider the interactions between humans and their environment.

Posted by: Sammi Keller

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