We took part in the International Dot Day for the first time this year. I am so glad we did! Over a two week period I read the book to every class in the school, from Kindergarten through 5th grade. After we shared the book, each class did some creative activity in response to the reading. Some grades created art work, while others did a written response. We even used the iPads with 1st grade to draw and take photos on a dot scavenger hunt. The art was displayed in the hall outside the school library. Boy, is it an impressive showing of creativity and making a mark “and seeing where it takes you” (to quote from Peter Reynolds’ book, The Dot).
Create, Connect and Collaborate
Some of our students made the connection between the message of the book and some of our IB/PYP learner profiles and attitudes. The students said Vashti was not a risk-taker at the beginning of the book, but by the end she was. They also said she showed creativity and commitment (2 IB attitudes) in her actions by experimenting and trying new ways of painting dots.
Skype with FSUS
We reached out to collaborate and connect with another school who was also recognizing Dot Day on the official International Dot Day, September 15th. One of our 2nd grade classes (taught by Camille Little) Skyped with Sara King’s 2nd grade class at Florida State University Schools in Tallahassee, FL. I connected with the librarian there, Jenn Underhill, who taught one of my classes this summer at FSU. We did a reading of The Dot, with our Spanish teacher, Lidia Olds reading one page in Spanish from the book (El Punto) followed by two students from Ms. King’s class reading the next page in English. Then the classes took turns answering questions and sharing ideas about the book. I think both classes enjoyed themselves. It was our first Skpye at the school and I’m anxious to repeat the experience!
Collaborate with Other Teachers
I collaborated with another teacher at my school, our art teacher, Svetlana Reed. She did several projects with different grade levels that involved dots and circles. The students turned out some very nice art. We also had a good showing of staff wearing dots on International Dot Day, anyone from the paraprofessionals, teachers, office staff, to the administrators!
Here is the Animoto I created to capture some of what went on at our school.