People all around the world celebrate creative expression, inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’ picture book, The Dot. Every year, Dot Day falls on or near September 15. I’d like to share how I helped my K-2 students explore their own creativity this year for Dot Day!
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Read the book, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
I like to stop and discuss how Vashti feels at different points in the story, inviting students to point out clues to her feelings (facial expressions, things she says and does). Then it’s great to discuss how she changes throughout the story and how differently she feels at the end when she helps a new friend start on his creative journey just like her teacher helped her.
Sing the song!
Emily Arrrow has written a wonderful song to go with the book. You can find it on her YouTube channel here. My students loved learning the motions and singing along. Such fun!!
Explore other books by Peter H. Reynolds.
Several of my students commented that there should be a story about “the line” and were thrilled to find out that there are more books! Of course we also read Ish and Sky Color, which are part of the “Creatilogy Trio.” If your school subscribes to Tumblebooks, The Dot and Ish are available there as eBooks, along with several other titles by Peter H. Reynolds.
Download the educator’s guide.
You can sign up and download the free educator’s guide at the International Dot Day website.
Display student art in a gallery.
I put out markers, crayons, and gel pens and asked my students to create their own dot for our art gallery. They had fun being creative, looking at the dots from others, and seeing their creations on display!
A portion of this post originally appeared on The Trapped Librarian blog here.
Be well and have fun!