International Dot day is named for the classic Peter H. Reynolds storybook The Dot. The book shares the story of a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after a caring teacher challenges her to "make her mark." It's a celebration of creativity.
We viewed a short video of The Dot at the beginning of class. We also checked out the "Bouncing Dot Song" by Emily Arrow, because even Dot Day needs a holiday song. This one was catchy enough to get several of my classes singing along!
As for "making our mark", we drew a quarter circle on a 4-inch square and decorated it any way we chose. Several tools were available, including drawing pencils, colored pencils, markers, and oil pastels. Afterwards, I arranged them to complete larger circles.
I love the variety of marks we made! They are as beautiful as the personalities these students have.