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Saturday, 17 September 2016

Celebrating Dot Day with Big Kids

This week my class had so much fun celebrating International Dot Day! Here are some ideas for how you can celebrate with your own class!

Art Projects for International Dot Day with Big Kids

1) Dress to Impress:

I knew that I wanted to hook my students without giving too much away. So, instead of telling them what I had planned, I invited them to wear their most "Dot-tastic" clothing! We all wore polka dots and it was so much fun to look out into a sea of dots all day! Plus, everyone showed up on time and ready to learn! A total win-win!

2) Read "The Dot" By Peter Reynolds

This story is truly beautiful and it is perfect to tie into "Growth Mindset" and community building lessons that we will be continuing with all through the month of September!

3) Respond to the Book

Laura Candler has an AWESOME Dot FREEBIE! You can find it here. I simply printed out the task cards, put my students into groups and had them discuss. After about 10 minutes of discussion, I put two of the task cards under the document camera and had students reflect in their reading response notebooks. A quick and easy assessment!

4) Make some Dot Art!

I decided to make two dot art projects with my class!
The first project was a watercolour dot. 

Step 1: 

Draw a large dot on a piece of white paper. 

Step 2: 

Use masking tape to make a design on your dot. I chose to do stripes but some of my students wrote their initials, symbols and even words with the masking tape!
Art project for International Dot Day with Upper Elementary Kids

Step 3: 

Use watercolour paint to cover all white space. 

Art project for International Dot Day with Upper Elementary Kids


Step 4: 

Let the paint dry and then remove the masking tape.
Art project for International Dot Day with Upper Elementary Kids

Don't forget to sign your artwork like in "The Dot". 

Art Projects for International Dot Day with Big Kids

The next art project that we did involved using Q-tips to make the dots!

Art Projects for International Dot Day with Big Kids

Step 1: 

Students trace their hands on black construction paper. 

Step 2: 

Use Q-tips dipped in paint to make dots around the hands. I encouraged my students to create unique patterns. Early finishers drew a different image and completed the project again. Some chose to draw houses, trucks, and some even traced their feet!

I hope that you will be able to use some of these ideas when you celebrate Dot Day! Remember, Dot Day is September 15th ish so it's never too late to celebrate!

Celebrating International Dot Day with Upper Elementary Students


5) Help Students Make Their Mark on the World!

The last activity that we did for Dot Day was to brainstorm all of the ways that kids can make a mark on the world! My class came up with some great ideas like:
  • making sandwiches for the homeless
  • taking Valentines to a Seniors Home
  • Playing with kids who seem lonely during recess
We are going to try and use as many of their ideas as possible throughout the school year to make our mark on our school, our community, our city and the world!


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