Saturday, May 6, 2017

What Can You Make With A... DOT?

Hey friends.... stopping by to tell you about our latest, greatest adventure in Firstieland!  This is seriously one of my favorite weeks in the year because I LOVE the projects I'm about to share with you!  So, if you follow my blog (and I hope you do ❤️) you know that our school uses Journeys as our Reading Series.  We have a story a week that we focus on and this week's  story was "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds.  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.


 After reading the story, we spent the week creating our own art using just dots.  And what FABULOUS, BEAUTIFUL art we created!!  We began by making our "Coffee Filter Mobiles".  We took three dots (coffee filters) and the firsties 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. 






We also read the story "One Black Dot" by Donald Crews.


The Fab Firsties were challenged to create their own art using only one black dot.  Take a look at their creations....




I thought this week was a great time to pull out one of my favorites - The Day The Crayons Quit.  Have you read this story?  So cute!  It's a story about a little boy who finds a pile of letters from all of his crayons, complaining abut how overworked they are and they are quitting! You can find it on Amazon here. 


The firsties made this cute crayon craft and wrote persuasive letters to their crayon, telling all the reasons why they didn't want this color to quit.  They turned out adorable!


Finally, we ended the week with 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 19 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!



When we were all done the firsties wrote their opinion of circle painting.  




If you are looking for a fun way to end the year, here it is!  The kids enjoyed all of these activities so much and the best part....it was FREE! No need to purchase anything....these are all things most of us have in our classroom right now!  So get those creative juices flowing and start creating ART with dots! If you give any of these things a try, I'd LOVE to hear about it.  Post your comments below and email pics to firstieland@gmail.com so I can give you a shout out here on my blog!  

Have a great week everybody....if you haven't this week's Five For Friday post check it out here.  We have baby ducks!  You can see them hatching....it's a miraculous thing and wonderful for the firsties to experience first hand! Be sure to come on by next week....we'll be practicing for our First Grade Talent Show!  See you soon because there's always something fun happening in.....






2 comments:

  1. So fun!! These are wonderful ideas and I can tell your firsties enjoyed it!

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  2. Just about to embrace the first day back tomorrow (eek) and have a composite class so looking for something for the P2's (5/6 year olds) to do when the younger ones go home. And I LOVE THIS!! Particularly the black dot creative pictures and the giant paint project (if I am feeling brave!!). Thanks so much"

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