My Dreaming Story

Additional Products

  • Colored Pencils or Crayons
  • Black Fine Tip Marker

Project Details

Students draw themselves sleeping and write a story about a dream they had.

Lesson Plan Ideas

Developed by: Kathy Barbro, Visual Arts Professional Expert from Dixie Canyon Community Charter Elementary School in Sherman Oaks, CA

Learning Objective

For Grade: 3
Students learn how to make a tessellation to help them draw a quilt. They write a descriptive story with details.

Applicable Core Standards

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Use tiling to show in a concrete case that the area of a rectangle with whole-number side lengths a and b + c is the sum of a × b and a × c. Use area models to represent the distributive property in mathematical reasoning.


  1. Making the Tesselation

    Cut a 2.5” square from tagboard. Draw two curves from point to point. Add letters, arrows
    to keep shapes from getting rotated or flopped.

  2. Cut curves out with scissors.

  3. Slide curves up, do not rotate or flop.

  4. With edges touching, tape in place.

    Step 4


  5. Drawing a Dreaming Child

    Make fold lines on 18” x 12” paper. Trace template on bottom center.

    Step 5


  6. Slide template up and trace again.

    Step 6


  7. Slide template up and trace again.

    Step 7


  8. Slide template to trace the same number of shapes shown below.

    Step 8


  9. Add head, pillow, bed and headboard. Write “Dreaming” in cursive.

    Step 9


  10. When the drawing is complete, finish with writing a story about a dream.

    Step 10


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