Appelemando's Dreams Activity Ideas
1. Ask your students to share with the class what some of their dreams are. Do they dream of brightly colored birds and flowers like Appelemando, or do they dream of becoming a ballerina or about a favorite toy? Have your students then color, draw, or paint a picture of that dream. Have them paint with watercolors to illustrate the idea that Appelemando’s dreams stuck to anything that was wet or damp.
2. Cover a wall in your classroom with white paper, and have your students all paint or color with markers on the wall. Be ready to discuss how this activity is different than vandalism, and why the elders of Appelemando’s village were angry at first, when they saw their walls covered with his dreams (Remember: they thought his dreams were paint).
3. Have your students write fictitious stories about a situation where their characters were forced to use their imaginations, dreams, or creativity to solve a problem, seek help, find their way home, etc. (similar to the way Appelemando used his dreams as a way to seek help, when he and his friends were lost).
4. Encourage your students to discuss why dreams are important. This could be a fun writing assignment as well.
5. Another writing assignment or in-class discussion topic could be, If you were Appelemando and those around you could actually see your dreams, what would you dream for them to see? For example, if a child daydreams about becoming an astronaut, would he dream up images of the stars and planets for his friends to see? Would he keep that dream to himself?
6. Print off the Appelemando bookmarks offered online, and have your students write on the back, one thing they dream about becoming or accomplishing in their life. Laminate the bookmarks, and ask the children to hold onto them as a reminder of that dream. Ask your students to share with the class, why accomplishing that dream is important to them.
7. Print off the mini-poster offered online, and have your students write a letter on the back, thanking someone in their lives who has already helped them achieve a dream they once had (for example, a child may have dreamed about playing soccer and a coach gave him a spot on the team, or she might have dreamed about owning a book, a parent later gave to her). Roll up the poster, tie it with a ribbon, and have your students deliver it to that person.
8. Test your students’ knowledge of the book with the Appelemando’s Dreams quiz.
9. If you have online access, have the students each solve the puzzle. What images of Appelemando’s dreams appear?
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