Dream T-Shirts

Dream T-Shirts lesson plan

What are your goals? Students design their dreams on a T-shirt!

  • 1.

    Students discuss with their classmates where they have traveled or would like to go-perhaps to the moon or snorkeling under the ocean. Students choose something important to illustrate on a T-shirt.

  • 2.

    On a large piece of paper, outline a T-shirt with Crayola® Colored Pencils. Use Crayola Scissors to cut it out. If desired, students can make two shirts so they can design both the front and back.

  • 3.

    On the T-shirt, students sketch a scene from their vacation, a place they would like to visit, a person they would like to meet, or another dream.

  • 4.

    With Crayola Washable Markers, color the designs. Print the name of the destination or person, or write a motto to fit the dream.

  • 5.

    Students present their T-shirt designs to the class. Explain what it illustrates and why they chose this place, person, or goal for their T-shirt?

  • 6.

    To display, hang the shirts like laundry on a long string.


  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas.


  • As a class, students compose interview questions in order to get to know each other. Working in pairs, students interview each other, taking notes during the interview session. Students use Crayola products to design get-to-know-you t-shirts for their partners. The class selects a day for everyone to wear their t-shirt and discuss personal interests and goals.
  • Students research the lives and careers of people they consider heroes or people they admire. Students organize their research into an electronic presentation for class viewing and discussion.