Step 1: Read Beardream to class. Discuss what made Beardream a “good” story. How can students incorporate into own story? Give students time to write a narrative story about a dream that their character had. Be sure to remind students to describe the character and the events of the dream. Over the course of your allotted time, students should participate in editing their writing (punctuation, spelling, capital letters, and descriptive words.)
Step 2: Prepare to teach students about painting with water colors. Though they have probably used water colors in art class, it would be beneficial to meet with the art teacher to know the procedure used regularly with students, and review that. (At our school, students learn how to “wake up the colors,” rinse their brushes, and blot the excess water.)
Teach students the difference between landscape and portrait. Use the link to show an example of each (#2 is great for landscape and #12 for portrait). Using pictures from Beardream is also a great idea. Model painting for the students (if comfortable.) Be sure that students know their painting should match the text on the page. (For example, if the page is only describing the character, then a close-up of what the character looks like would fit best.)
Step 3: Allow students several days to complete their paintings. When finished, allow students to share with one another or the class.