This is a 31-slide powerpoint show of various Dot examples - to inspire your young artists about to make their mark. Examples of dots include 3D and 2D, mixed media, etc. Please note this is a power point slide show, which allows you to view, but not edit, the file. There are photos of various "dots" and a simple prompt on the final slide that asks, "What Will You Create Today?" By not specifically mentioning Peter Reynold's book in the slide show or giving specific directions for creating a "dot," this slide show is useful for other dot-related themes you may want to try in your classroom.
I used this slide show to get my kids to think outside the box about how to create their own unique dot for International Dot Day. We had just read and discussed The Dot by Peter Reynolds, and I was about to send them home for the weekend, with their assignment to create a dot and bring it back to school on Monday for our Dot Gallery.
My kids loved this presentation and the song to go along with it from Akeelah and the Bee - "Proud." It was inspiring and fun, giving my kids plenty of ideas to get their own creative juices flowing. Afterwards, they had great questions that let me know they had, indeed, begun to think outside the box (or off the paper!) for how to make their mark. One boy asked, "If the dot we make is too big to bring to school, can we take a picture of it and bring in the picture?" Another asked, "If our dot can't be transported - like it would spill, or something, can we bring in a picture of that?" Yes and Yes!
Inspire your students today to make their mark. It's not too late to celebrate International Dot Day with your students!