International Dot Day is coming up on, around, or during the week of September 15-ish.
Every year, millions of students and educators connect on International Dot Day to celebrate creativity, courage, and collaboration.
Getting involved in International Dot Day is easy. It is free, flexible, and open to any classes from all around the world.
This ultimate guide to International Dot Day explains exactly what it is and how to participate.
We’ve put together lots of examples from the educational blogging community and invite you to leave your own ideas in a comment.
About International Dot Day
Since then, this date has been celebrated each year as International Dot Day — a day for classes to explore the story’s powerful themes: bravery, creativity, and self-expression.
About the Book – The Dot
The Dot tells the story of a caring art teacher who reaches a reluctant student in a remarkably creative way.
In Peter’s book, the teacher encourages the student to begin a journey of self-discovery and creativity, starting with a simple dot on a piece of paper. Transformed by this journey, the student goes on to inspire others.
How to Get Involved
Participating in International Dot Day is simple.
- Visit https://www.internationaldotday.org/welcome Here you can read up on the day, find ideas and check out the resources.
- Sign up to participate. This is just a simple survey the organizers use to help plan events around International Dot Day.
- Read the book to your class. If you or your library don’t have the book, you might opt to view a YouTube video or purchase the interactive online version.
- Express yourself in any way. This is where you can get creative. Your dot theme can be incorporated into story writing, artwork, songwriting, photography, dance, cooking, performances, or more.
- Publish! If you have a blog, this is the perfect platform to show the world how you have celebrated the day.
- Connect. International Dot Day is as much about celebrating creativity as it is about connecting and collaborating. There is a page on the International Dot Day website which has been set up to help you connect with others. There are links to a Google Doc and social media channels. There are many teachers looking to connect their class through their blog or Skype etc. Such wonderful possibilities for your students!
- Connect. International Dot Day is as much about celebrating creativity as it is about connecting and collaborating. You can connect with the Dot Day community on Twitter or Facebook. There are many teachers looking to connect their class through their blog or tools like Flipgrid or Skype. Such wonderful possibilities for your students!
International Dot Day Ideas
International Dot Day is something you can celebrate throughout your entire school, with your class, or by connecting with other classes around the world.
Here are a few ideas from previous International Dot Days.
1) Shannon Miller’s Resources
She shares a link to a Google Doc where people can add their details, schedules, and make connections. Shannon has also put together some Padlets with resources and picture books, plus a Pinterest board.
Check out Shannon’s post for all the details and links.
Padlet books with dots
2) Group Blog: Connect The Dot Stories
When I was teaching grade 1/2/3 students last year, we connected with 3 other classes in different countries for Dot Day and set up a group blog.
We worked on a range of collaborative activities. One of the most popular was “Connect The Dot Stories“.
Here’s how this activity worked:
- Students got together in small groups and came up with a team name.
- The group came up with one keyword from The Dot story that was written or inferred.
- They then came up with a set of 4 other words (not necessarily from the story).
- The children wrote each of their 5 words on a circular ‘dot’ and had a photo taken of the words.
- These photo story prompts were posted on the blog.
- Individuals/pairs/groups from the other class then came up with a short story that includes each of the words.
This was a fun challenge!
Here’s an example that was posted to the blog by one team. Other students used those word prompts to make up a short story.
Team Polar Bear: Art, opened, draw, empty, polar bear, strong
Other activities we came up with that you might want to explore include:
3) Google Meets
Amy Kincaid‘s elementary students met with a bilingual class via Google Meet. They shared writing assignments about encouragement.
Read more on Amy’s Library Blog.
4) Dot Day Circle Stories
Kevin Hodgson‘s sixth graders celebrated being creative with writing and with art.
They wrote short Circle Stories with either a circular object or a circular theme. They used the words to “paint” the stories into circles (or dots) using a free tool called Visual Poetry.
They collated their Circle Stories in a Padlet.
5) Kindness Rocks
The students ‘made their mark’ by painting two rocks each. One rock became part of the school rock garden and the second rock was hidden and shared with others.
Read more on Mrs. Shemansky’s Class Blog.
6) Dotty Videos
Read more about this project on Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog.
7) School-Wide Thinglink
Dot Day was a school-wide affair for Karen Arrington’s students in 2017. The activities involved design thinking, art, augmented reality, Flipgrid, and more.
Karen compiled all of the great activities the students completed in a Thinglink.
Read more details on these activities on Karen’s Tech Tips blog.
8) Skyping In-Person
To share their creations, Mrs. Bearden’s class was going to Skype with Ms. Turken’s class next door as practice for future calls. Technical problems led to them doing ‘in-person’ Skype calls in a fun and creative way.
Check out all the action from their in-person Skype session on this blog post.
9) A Dotty Day
Becky Versteeg and her Team 2 Eagles students had a busy Dot Day in 2017. After reading the story, they got creative with some artwork and writing.
This video with The Dot author, Peter H. Reynolds, provided inspiration for their dotty creations.
They then tried some dot day math with dominoes and finished the day with some music.
These lyrics are for a song that Peter H. Reynolds and Emily Arrow wrote for International Dot Day. Find the video and actions here.
10) Going on a dot hunt
Karen Arlington’s school has been participating in International Dot Day since 2011 and you can check out some of the creative ways her students have celebrated here.
In 2017, Karen’s first-grade students went on a “dot hunt” and took photos of dot-shaped objects. Her video is embedded below.
How will you celebrate?
How will you make your mark on International Dot Day this year? Leave a comment and tell us.
If you blog about International Dot Day, be sure to leave the link in a comment!