The first graders and I have been having so much fun celebrating Dot Day that we spent 4 cycles on it!
Cycle One: We started talking about Peter Reynolds, learning about his life, discovering things about his books and talking about his love of writing and illustrating. While we watched a video of him illustrating from Kid Lit TV called Ready, Set, Draw-Ish. As we were watching him create, the kids started talking amongst themselves about his art and were blown away by what he was making after having only started with a single sharpie dot. I decided right then and there that we needed to try and create like Peter Reynolds!
Cycle Two: We got out our sharpies and all drew a dot. There were big dots, little dots, single dots, multiple dots, centered and off-centered dots. Then we got our watercolors and just saw where our dots would take us. It was amazing and so much fun! No two pictures were remotely alike which blew my mind. Here's just a small sample of what they made.Cycle Three: We went on a Dot Hunt! We went all over the K-1 Neighborhood looking for dots. The kids searched high and low and found dots of all sizes and in places I would never have thought to look. Once we were done hunting, they had to narrow their pictures down to their two favorites.
Cycle Four: After talking about descriptive words, the students had to chose some that would describe their dots. Once chosen, the students went into Book Creator and began creating a page in our Dot Poem.
I'll post the finished books are soon as we are done, but here's a sneak peek.