Sleep and Dreams


Sleep and Dreams is an interesting lesson in which students will learn about the importance of sleep and when people dream. They will discover how sleep is divided into stages and at which stages certain things occur.

There are several suggestions or alternatives in the “Options for Lesson” section. One such suggestion is to allow the students to fall asleep in class for a number of minutes as an experiment to see how long it takes them. You can take advantage of any number of these suggestions as you see fit.

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What Sleep and Dreams includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Sleep and Dreams introduces students to the concept of sleep and dreaming and why people even need sleep. Students will be able to identify the states of sleep and describe traits for each stage. They will also discover some tips to help them sleep better. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand.

Options for Lesson

There are a number of ideas in the “Options for Lesson” section that you could incorporate into the lesson plan if you want. One suggestion is to have students research other facts about sleep and dreams and discuss them with a partner. Students could also keep a dream journal for one week and report their observations with the class. Another fun idea students may particularly enjoy is to let them fall asleep in class for a set amount of time to determine how long it takes them. Students could research the sleep habits of other animals and compare them to those of humans. To incorporate a little math into the lesson, students could figure out how many hours they have slept since they were born. One last idea is to invite a specialist in sleep to speak with the class and answer questions.

Teacher Notes

This page provides an extra paragraph of information or guidance on the lesson and how to approach it. It suggests you focus on helping students understand how important good sleep is for their health. Use the blank lines to write out your thoughts as you prepare the lesson.


This lesson defines sleep as a condition of the body and mind when the nervous system is fairly inactive. It describes how every living thing needs sleep and rest to renew energy for the next day. Many scientists believe the brain stores information, solves problems, and replaces chemicals during sleep. Not enough sleep leads to being cranky and tired, having a short temper, or struggling to think clearly. Sleep also affects the immune system. Good sleep can help the body heal from a cold, flu, and other illnesses.

The lesson continues to list the four stages of sleep and provides some traits that define each stage. It describes how the sleep cycle works and why taking naps can sometimes affect people’s ability to sleep well at night. Finally, it lists seven sleeping tips that students can try to ensure they get a good night’s sleep.


The Sleep and Dreams lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. Each one will help solidify students’ comprehension and help them demonstrate what they learned. Use the guide on the classroom procedure page, which outlines when to hand out each worksheet to the class throughout the lesson.


Students will work with a partner for the activity. The activity lists 10 facts about sleep and about dreams, and a question follows each fact. Students will read through and discuss the facts together. They will come up with answers, which they will write in the space under the question. If they disagree on an answer, they can write their own answer.


The practice worksheet has two sections. The first section contains eight scenarios. Students will mark each scenario with a 1, 2, 3, or 4 to represent which stage of sleep the scenario describes. For the second section, students must answer the questions that relate to the information they learned.


The homework assignment is similar to the practice worksheet. For the first part, students must decide which stage (1, 2, 3, or 4) matches the statement. They may also decide that more than one stage applies to the scenario. For the second part, students must mark whether the statements they read are true (T) or false (F).

Worksheet Answer Keys

The last two pages of the document are answer keys for both the practice worksheet and the homework assignment. All the correct answers are in red, which makes it easier to compare the pages to students’ work. For the most part, students’ responses should match the answer keys. There may be some variation on a few questions depending on the nature of those questiIf you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade



State Educational Standards

CSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2, LB.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.7

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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