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Teacher's Guide
Unit One: Shoots
Arrow Activity Tasks

Students will:

  • identify childhood interests.
  • identify current interests and dreams.
  • label tree branches with current interests and dreams.
  • learn about Dr. Jane’s childhood interests and how they relate to her adult aspirations.
  • examine how childhood dreams help people realize their current dreams.
  • journal about how their aspirations compare with childhood interests.
Arrow Dr. Jane’s Lesson
As a girl, Dr. Jane dreamed mostly of animals, adventure, and travel. When you look at the work she has accomplished as an adult, you can see her dreams represented. Throughout her life, Dr. Jane has managed to stay true to her dreams and involve herself in work that truly interests her. Students can learn about Dr. Jane’s childhood dreams and compare them with the branches of her tree.

Arrow Duration
  • 40 minutes
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Arrow Connecting to the Content

It can be difficult to know what your vocation or life’s work should be. One clue is to look back at your childhood and remember what you spent most of your time doing, what completely engaged you and made you lose track of time. Students can reflect on their childhood dreams and interests to arrive at a list of hopes and aspirations. They can then continue to build their trees by adding their dreams to their shoots.

Arrow Procedure
  1. Have students imagine that they have gone back in time. They are 10 years old and it is Saturday afternoon. Ask if they remember what made them lose track of time because they were completely engaged in the activity. Have them try to remember what they were doing. Can they uncover a hidden interest? Tell them they will often discover that the things that fascinated them in their childhood later turned into interests as an adult.
  2. Encourage the class to review lists of books and movies to jog their memory. Have them make a list of their childhood favorites. Do they see a pattern to the stories or movies that they liked? If they were to pick one of these books or movies to read or watch now, which one would they pick? Why?
  3. Tell them to list their hopes, dreams, aspirations, and interests based on the information they have gathered. Ask them to add items from this list to their tree branches.
  4. Have students view Dr. Jane’s Scrapbook to learn about her childhood dreams.
  5. Ask the class to read about how childhood dreams help people realize their current dreams.
  6. Students complete their journal entries by reflecting on how their childhood interests relate to their dreams.
Arrow Assessment

Have students:

  • indicate what their childhood interests were.
  • indicate the books and movies they liked to read and watch as children and whether they relate to their current dreams.
  • demonstrate whether their childhood interests relate to their current dreams.
Arrow Extensions
Students may be interested in learning about another famous person’s childhood dreams and comparing those to what the person did in his or her adult life.

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Teacher's Guide
Unit One
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Unit Two
Unit Three
Unit Four
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