Join Fablevision Author Peter Reynolds, Dot Day Creator Terry Shay, and Discovery Education to #CelebrateWithDE for International Dot Day. Taking place in Traer, Iowa, where Dot Day began, this event will discuss the origin of Dot Day, showcase how students are celebrating, and hear from author Peter Reynolds about his book, The Dot.
International Dot Day
Friday, September 15
On-Demand Event | Learn More
Use these instructional ideas and resources to make the most out of the International Dot Day On-Demand Event.
Before Viewing the Broadcast
Show students the video Helping the Homeless: Designing a Winter Coat. Then, have students write down as many details as they remember about Veronika and her effort to help the homeless. Next, have students create a concrete poem, also known as a shape poem, using the details they captured, as described in SOS: Make it Concrete. In honor of Dot Day, have students build their concrete poems using circles and dots to show how Veronika made her mark.
While Viewing the Broadcast
Inspired by SOS: Get Your Thinking Hat On, this parallel thinking strategy is a tool for group discussion and individual thinking. Divide students into groups and assign each group a point-of-view “hat” to wear while watching the content. Suggested FableVision-style “hats” include:
Artists – Artists are looking for examples of beauty or artistry that they observe during the event. What caught your eye about the school surroundings? In the story? The students or works of art you see?
Innovators – Innovators are looking for examples of problems or challenges that were solved differently, or examples of new ways of thinking.
Collaborators – Collaborators are watching for examples of when two heads were better than one and where teamwork made a project better.
Storytellers – Storytellers are watching for examples of information conveyed as a story. What were important details of a story that was told? What were the lessons learned? What made the story exciting or interesting?
Wonderers – Wonderers are the question-askers. What do you want to learn more about? What was intriguing about what you learned?
Share with students that they should be looking for examples from the point-of-view of their “hat” both in the book and discussion with Peter Reynolds and Terry Shay. As students watch the event, have students jot down notes from their perspective.
Upon conclusion, have students share their perspective in mixed “hat” groups and then with others from the same “hat”, comparing and contrasting perspectives and details shared.
After Viewing the Broadcast
Share how students will make their mark with classrooms around the world by participating in the collaborative project, Make Your Mark. In this project, students select an area of service and identify a project that they can lead to impact their community. They also identify positive role models that they admire and see who students around the world look up to.