Friday, February 17, 2012

Creative Writing with "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds

 This week we read the story "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds.  This is one of our stories from the Reading Street program but can also be purchased at Amazon. It is about a girl who is upset because she thinks she can't draw.  With the help of her art teacher, she discovers she is a really great artist.   
For one of our activities, the students were given a small piece of construction paper and they were to cut out a circle to represent a dot.  Then they were to make something out of it.  This is how a few turned out!

We did a little creative writing with this story as well.   

I wanted to have a way for the students to experience how the girl in the story must have felt when she tried to draw.  I gave the students a step by step drawing activity.  Some of the students told me it was hard, but I encouraged them not to give up like the girl in the story.  All of them finished and all of them were GREAT!!Here is how a few turned out.

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If you follow Reading Street, here are free word cards with long vowel /ea/, and inflected endings /ier/ /ied/ /iest/ to go with Unit 4 Week 2 - "The Dot". 

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  1. Cute! I did something similiar with the math book Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews after a subitizing lesson. I'll have to pair it with this book next year. I was amazed at the creative artwork they drew!

  2. This is such a cute idea. The Dot is my favorite story out of the whole series and we usually do a dot painting as a class, but I love this idea! I might just have to work it into review week :)

  3. Wow! I just ran across your blog today and I love it! Thank you for all the great ideas!

  4. The Dot is one of my favorite picture books. Thank you for sharing these ideas.