Dot art is fun for all ages and a great way to immediately reinforce skills...Oh, and NO PREP!! Just print and use on the spot!
This 10 page sampler includes 5 open ended dot art pages. The full product includes 60 pages in a variety of themes such as ocean, sports, farm, animals, pets, forest, reptiles, zoo, transportation, snacks, insects, jungle, Earth, nature, monsters, fantasy creatures, toys, dinosaurs, castles, sweets, birthday, candy, food, etc.
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I find these to be easy, print-n-go activities that can easily be incorporated into a variety of lessons. They are especially useful for preschoolers and young children because it keeps little hands and minds busy. However, big kids love these, too! I buy bingo style paint, which I purchase at LakeShore Learning Company or Amazon, for my students to dot in the circles. If you prefer (or if you don’t have dot paint), you can use chipper chat style tokens to cover the circles instead.
I use these pages in for...
1...fun but intensive practice of any skill that requires drill (sight words, math facts, articulation drill, etc). Leave the dots blank or, for readers, write target words or math problems in the circles. I have students perform the skill to my liking X number of times in order to be able to dot a circle. We continue the process until their masterpieces are complete. If you want to practice spelling, you can even have students write the spelling words (that you call out) in the small circles. You can also practice handwriting/letter formation by having students write the target letter in each circle. For articulation practice, write target words in the circles. If your students are working at a higher level, you can use this to work at the phrase or sentence level as well. Just give students a carrier phrase in which to use the word or have them make a spontaneous sentence with the word. When teaching a phoneme in isolation, write only the phoneme (letter or letters that make the phoneme’s sound) in the circles. Allow students to dot the phoneme as they produce it correctly (or give a good effort).
2....homework! Send the page home for more practice of any skill! There’s a handy box to check on each page if you want the child to practice for homework.
3....a follow up art activity after reading/discussing a storybook. These pages go well with story books of all kinds! My full packet of dot art pages https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Open-Ended-Dot-Art-No-Prep-2077508 include the following themes: ocean, sports, farm, animals, pets, forest, reptiles, zoo, transportation, snacks, insects, jungle, Earth, nature, monsters, fantasy creatures, toys, dinosaurs, castles, sweets, birthday, candy, food, etc. While the students paint, continue to discuss the story! Predict what might happen after the book is over. You can even require them to answer questions about the setting, characters, events, details, plot, theme, main idea, etc. in order to earn the privilege of dotting X number of circles (as described above).
4....a follow up art activity after reading non-fiction passages. I choose a page that relates to the passage we have read and let students dot 5 dots after answering a question about the passage.
5....fun practice during fluency (stuttering) therapy. Leave the dots blank or, for readers, write a fluency strategy abbreviation on each circle. For blank circles, have students practice a fluency strategy which I assign (such as easy onsets, light contacts, stretching, or chunking, etc.) X times in order to “dot” 1 or more circles. You can also write strategies (abbreviated) in the circles, I have students dot a circle and then apply the strategy they dotted by saying an assigned phrase, sentence, etc. X number of times. We continue the process until their masterpieces are complete.
6....sight word or decoding practice. For my students who struggle with these, I write sight words or decodable words (CVC, CVCV, CVCE, etc.) in the circles and require them to read the word before being allowed to dot it. They can practice these for homework as well!
In the end, your students will have a painted masterpiece and you will have gotten TONS of practice from them! Once it dries, send home for homework or hang these up proudly for the world to see :)
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I have LOTS of dot art activities in my store. A couple are listed below :) Thanks for stopping by!
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