Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dot Day 2013

On Monday, September 16th, we celebrated International Dot Day along with 1.2 million other people from 82 different countries. Dot Day is about figuring out how you are going to make your mark on the world. Making your mark on the world is what you are going to do to make people  remember you and make the world a better place.

We did lots of fun activities that showed people how we are going to make our mark on the world. We read the book that started it all,  The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The book is about a girl who thinks that she can't draw, but her art teacher tells her she needs to just try. The girl, Vashti, draws a dot. The teacher then tells her to sign it. The dot becomes a big hit and the girl encourages others to try too. Even though the book is called The Dot, it's not really about literal dots. It is about finding out who you are, trying new things, and encouraging others to share what is special inside each of us to make a difference in the world.

After reading and discussing the book, we did our Dot Day stations. One stations was a Tagxedo ''me dots." A Tagxedo is a word cloud. In Tagxedo, we typed 30 words that describe us and our name three times. Then, the computer would put all of the words into a dot shaped Tagxedo.

Next, we did personalized dots. Our personalized dots (recycled jar lids) that later become unique magnet that were abstract representations of ourselves. That is why we had to bring the metal jar lid in.  The dots had to represent us.

We also blogged on KidBlog.  In the blogs, we had to blog about Dot Day and how we want to make our mark on the world. We all had great ideas on how we could begin making a difference now.

Next, was dot to dot which is when we did the activity called dot to dot. It is lots of dots that are numbered and we had to draw lines from number to number.  Some were even no-dot, dot-to-dots. They were very challenging. 

Also, we wrote on the wall how we are going to make our mark. We wrote on the wall that had Idea Paint, of course. Last but not least, we had our Dot Day Café. At the Dot Day Café we had dots, skittles, and smarties. They were all shaped like dots. It was delicious!!!!!!!

Well, that was pretty much dot day. We learned about how we are going to make our mark on the world, that Dot Day is an international holiday (not one that Mrs. Ramsay made up). We learned that we all have different personalities that we should be proud of.  Well,  I need to go and have some more fun in class. (I know, right? Fun in class) Blog you later. 

Make sure that you check out the awesome, dot-tastic" slideshow below.   ~SC and TD  

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