Monday, September 15, 2014

International Dot Day

Every year on September 15ish, students around the world celebrate International Dot Day. Inspired by the book, The Dot, students are encouraged to "make their mark."   
How did Room 100 celebrate International Dot Day? We read the book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds to kick-off this special day. It's all about encouraging kids to discover how they can make a difference. Next, each student wrote a short narrative about a student named Dot and how this student made “a mark” on the world. There was a fun twist to the writing assignment. Students were not allowed to use letters with a dot (in other words no i or j).  Yikes! This forced students to carefully think about word choice and actually try out some new words.  
A large poster was displayed on our classroom door. All who came to visit our class around September 15 ish were asked to create an original dot, sign it, and add it to the gallery.    

Dot Treats. What holiday doesn't have special food?  Dot Cake Pops were a big hit with the students. 

The Dot is a simple book, but it's definitely one with a message to share. Actually, it has several important messages. Students are able to relate to the central theme about "making a mark. " Room 100 is filled with students who do make a difference.  
    Happy Dot Day! 

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  1. Hi! I love all your dot ideas! I am celebrating with my third graders for the first time, and was wondering if you sold copies of your writing (using letters that do not contain dots)? I would love to get a copy to use next week. Thank you so much! My email address is or

  2. love it!!! so glad i found this 3 days before the 15th!!!

  3. I would love to have a copy of your Happy Dot Day writing exercise to use this week for Dot Day. Would you share it? My email is Thank you!