Today was a very fun day in the library. We started celebrating Dot Day today and I had 4 classes, grades one through four today. Here’s what we did.
First Grade – After watching the archived livestream of Peter H. Reynolds reading The Dot, an event I was fortunate enough to be a part of in 2012, students used the Paint program on the computers to create their own dot. One of the cool things about the computers we have in our lab is that they are touch screens. This made drawing and coloring the dots much easier for the younger students, compared to using the mouse. We saved their dots and I’ll be putting together a slide show of their work soon. The dots were printed out, the students signed them of course, and they took them home.
Second Grade – These students did the same thing as first grade, but actually had another option for drawing their dots – they had the option of using a stylus for their drawings. If you’re wondering why the first graders didn’t have this option, it’s because I didn’t know we had them. They are actually hidden in the monitors and a fellow library media specialist told me about them. These students had the option of using the mouse, their fingers, or the stylus for their dot drawings.
Third Grade – These students actually started their projects in art class about a week ago. The art teacher was working on watercolor paintings with the kids and after talking with him and telling him about Dot Day, he agreed to have the students paint their dots in art. When the students came to class today, they watched the reading of The Dot, and then went to work with their watercolor dots. The dots were very cool, but I decided to have the students create new dots with the help of their classmates. The kids cut out their dots and cut them into fourths (a little math lesson tossed in). Students kept one fourth of their original dot and then placed the rest on a table. Every student then went to the table and picked out 3 other pieces to complete their new dot. Then, they glued everything together, creating a new, collaborative dot. One of the best parts of this project was hearing a student say “We’re doing art in the library!”
Fourth Grade – After watching the reading of the story, fourth graders grabbed their markers and were told to color their dot on a special piece of paper. They didn’t realize their dots would be coming to life. Using the colAR app, students were able to use an iPad or iPod Touch to spin and rotate. They loved this and many even decided to create a second or third dot. They were excited to go home and download the app and show their parents.
Overall, it was a great day. More classes will be doing similar activities in the coming days, but the kids loved it, as did I.