Tuesday, May 1, 2018

What Can You Make With A... DOT?

Have you ever read "The Dot" to your students?  It's a great story that basically teaches kids that even when you think you can't do something....you can do it!

In the story, a little girl named Vashti feels frustrated in art class because she thinks she can't draw.  Her teacher encourages her to make a mark on the paper and this begins her journey into discovering that you can make beautiful art with just DOTS.

We spent the week comparing and contrasting The Dot with it's companion piece Ish.  

The Dot

We started by making this anchor chart describing Vashti, the little girl in the story.  She starts out frustrated and angry because she thinks she can't draw, but by the end she is a fantastic artist! 

This was the perfect opportunity for some persuasive writing, so the students wrote their opinions of Vashti.  

We used these vocabulary cards to help us understand some tricky words in the story.  

We also made our "Coffee Filter Mobiles".  Each student was given three coffee filters and  colored them with markers.  I encouraged them to use LOTS OF COLOR! 

When they had finished the coloring, we sprayed them with water.  When they were dry we hooked them together with paper clips and hung them in the hall.  

The results were AMAZING.  When you walk below these beautiful creations it feels like you are in a wonderland. (The pictures really don't do it justice.....it is gorgeous in person) Check out a video of our mobiles here. 


The next day we compared and contrasted The Dot and Ish using this large Venn Diagram.  

The students also made their own Ven Diagram comparing the two books. 

Next, they did a little drawing of their own like the boy in "Ish" using this cute lift the flap page. 

Finally, we started our Circle Painting project.  This was the most fun!  I put a very large piece of white paper on the floor with various colors of bright paint in cups in the middle.  I have 15 students, so there was enough cups for every child to have a color and a paintbrush.  

The task was to paint either a circle or a dot on the paper....then each child moved one spot over and took a different color and painted another circle or dot.  They just kept moving around the paper painting circles and dots.  

The result was this absolutely GORGEOUS painting!

We used this painting project for another writing opportunity.  The students wrote their opinion of circle painting.  As you can imagine, most of the students loved it!

Day 3

There are so many great books to read as a companion to these lessons.  I chose to read Ten Black Dots and then the students were challenged to create their own art using only one black dot.  

Take a look at their fabulous creations!

If you're looking for a fun activity to end the year or something for International Dot Day, this is it.  My students loved it! Click here to grab all of these activities and more!