How did we do this? First, watch this animated video of Peter Reynold's book The Dot:
And follow our lesson outline here: It's Dot Day.
First, we thought about and discussed our place in the universe through images: You're Here!
Although we are a small speck in the universe, we matter. And life happens; we learn to deal with life and to understand the people around us with confidence, trust, perseverance, flexibility, and compassion. How did we do this? We discussed slides, images, and The Dot story: Dot Day. We discussed these words through the eyes of the main character in the book, Vashti. And we discovered the ripple effect of encouragement and kindness.
Then images helped us consider these words for ourselves: Dot Day Traits.
We determined central ideas and their development, forming summarizing statements. We understood the characters over the course of the book. Our conversations built on others' ideas to collaborate on the central idea and summary. We integrated and evaluated information in diverse media and formats.
Finally, we created our own dots and wrote statements of words and actions that would make a mark, make them matter, and have a ripple effect in the world. We used our grammar and conventions to create posters of our ideas. We organized our writing and our style to share with others. We planned our posters and revised our worlds with help from each other. We will blog about our ideas and post our poster dots!
Here are a few; we hope you enjoy them and spread the word --- make a mark; make it matter!
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Common Core State Standards
Key Ideas and Details
2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Speaking and Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration
1. Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
2. Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Conventions of Standard English
1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Production and distribution of Writing
6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others [working on; need permission forms completed]
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