“The Dot” by Peter HReynolds

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Title: “The Dot”

Author: Peter H. Reynolds

Publisher: Weston Woods Studios

Copyright: 2003

Interest/Grade Level Equivalent: Kindergarten/2.1 (scholastic)

Summary–“The Dot” is about a young girl named Vashti who does not believe he can draw. One day, her teacher tells her to just make a mark and see where it takes her. She grabbed her marker, made a dot, and signed it. The next day when she saw it hanging in a frame, she told herself she could make a better dot than that! Vashti experimented and painted until she made dozens of dots in all different sizes and colors. At the end, she helps encourage another young girl that she can do anything she puts her mind to.

Teaching Opportunities–

1) Ask each child to make a dot picture of their own. Hang them around the walls to create a “dot” mural/museum! The children can look around and see how other’s created their art.

2) Make up a “dot” scavenger hunt! Take the children outside and around the classroom and have them point out/draw/take pictures of dots they see in their environment.

3) Have the children make pictures with only dots! (dot drawings) They can use whatever materials they want, but must use dots to make up the pictures.

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