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The Dot
The Dot | Peter Reynolds
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Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.
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MarkZalewski
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The Dot by Peter Reynolds is a children‘s RF book about a girl being challenged to paint. She starts with just a dot on a page until she realizes how many different ways she can draw a simple dot. This book is about learning to overcome self-doubt and challenging yourself to improve.
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MarkZalewski UDL principle 8.1 Heighten salience of goals and objectives, applies to The Dot. The girl starts out with small goals and eventually works her way up to making the most creative dots she can think of. 3mo
MarkZalewski http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/ is an educational event being done around the world for this book, it‘s an excellent way to join the ongoing discussion around it. 3mo
ccipriati I just recently heard about this book because of the International Dot Day and I have been obsessed with it ever since 3mo
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Kaylasarka
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“Now... sign it”.

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Kaylasarka
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My favorite is the ending as well as the illustrations!

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Kaylasarka
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One of my most favorite books. It showed a teacher giving a student the power to believe in herself even if it was something so simple and small the character didnt see it that way. This is a great read for young students on how to believe in themselves and they can do anything they set their minds too.

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gossamerchild
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Two more done for the #picturebook section of the #bbrc!

Both of these were pretty cute. Believe it or not I've never actually read that Bill Martin / Eric Carle before. Both picks but neither was mind blowing.

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Blueberry I love The Dot ♡. I used to read it to my homeschool art classes. 4mo
gossamerchild @Blueberry it does have a fantastic message 😍😍 4mo
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galacticbees
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The Dot, a RF picture book written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, would be a great story to use for S. This book is super cute and inspiring and teaches a great lesson to students.(Cont.) #ucflae3414su19

galacticbees (Cont.) UDL Strategy 5.2 and ESOL strategy 17 would work best with this resource:
https://www.weareteachers.com/the-dot-activities/
This resource gives some great ideas on how to involve your students in this story more. #ucflae3414su19
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DeannaP I have never heard of this book before this class but it seems so common! I will definitely be checking it out soon! I loved your resource as well! I think making the mural with the class would be such an amazing activity! 6mo
DrSpalding Now that you have seen Carly share this as a storytelling, you know it makes for an excellent storytelling option. This would also be a wonderful read aloud at the beginning of the school year. Your resource is one of my absolute favorites! I follow them on social media and continue to learn a great deal from their posts. 6mo
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alexialovesmith
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The Dot by Peter Reynolds is a cute RF picture book! I was introduced to this story today by a classmates story telling, and just couldn‘t get it out of my head. This book tells the story of a little girl named Vashti who at the start is convinced she cannot draw anything. However, her very smart teacher, decided to frame her artwork that consisted of a dot. This motivated Vashti to create more pieces of art that incorporate dots.

alexialovesmith At the end of the story she inspires and motivates others! This would make a great RA and would be an awesome way to integrate art in the classroom! http://www.peterhreynolds.com/dot/dot_activities.html These activities linked above are perfect to utilize in your classroom after reading the story aloud. You can let your students choose which one they want to complete which encompasses UDL7.1. 6mo
alexialovesmith As they complete their masterpieces, ELS18 is used because this involves finish product involves a total physical response! #ucflae3414su19 6mo
DrSpalding Besides a read aloud, we saw it be a very successful storytelling too! Using the author‘s website is wise. There is no one better than the author to help you utilize their book in your classroom. 6mo
DrSpalding I had to add one more comment. Carly contacted this author and he immediately got back in touch! How cool! She‘s trying to have him Skype into her internship classroom in the fall. 6mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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It all starts with a small step, in this case, a dot, and the rest will follow. A great message for kids and adults. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."

I'm a big fan of Peter Reynolds. This is one of favs. Will be sharing more! ?

#BBRC @LibrarianRyan #AtoZOfPictureBooks
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MeganKlein
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Written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, The Dot is a RF picture book that tells the story about a girl named Vashti and how she makes her mark. Vashti doubts herself as an artist, but then one day, her art teacher ignites her creativity and Vashti gains the confidence to create even more dots! This book is perfect for a RA, especially on International Dot Day (Sept. 15)! #ucflae3414su19

MeganKlein This book has gained worldwide attention and it has even won numerous awards, one of which being The Christopher Award. Every year, teachers and students around the world celebrate International Dot Day (yes, it‘s a real thing), and the links I provided below have a handful of activities that integrate the arts into the classroom. EL strategy 46 aligns perfectly with this book. (edited) 7mo
MeganKlein It is so easy to incorporate hands-on activities that fosters creativity and imagination. UDL strategy 5.2 also aligns with this text in that students can use various tools and technology to compose and construct their own dots and writings about the book. I can‘t wait to read The Dot to my students and celebrate Dot Day! http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/get-inspired/making-a-mark 7mo
MeaganM How adorable! I love how there are many activities that can be done with this book and the link you posted. I viewed the dot gallery and it made me smile seeing all the happiness dots can bring. I had no idea there was a dot day! I‘m sure kids love to celebrate such a fun day. 7mo
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hkeiger
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As I was flipping through the children‘s book section in Barnes & Noble, this giant orange dot couldn‘t help but catch my attention. Simple yet extraordinary, the dot represents that there is art in everything! In this RF PB, a student who is struggling creatively gets inspired when the teacher has her sign the dot she drew. I would love to use this as a RA to inspire my kids, as well . #LAE3414sp19

hkeiger On Peter Reynold‘s website, he has a whole list of fun classroom activities that can be used alongside the book! September 15th is national dot day so I would love to do some of these creative activities with my students to allow them to express their creativity! (ESOL 46, UDL 3.3) http://www.peterhreynolds.com/dot/ 10mo
SofiaRoselli This seems like a such a fascinating book! I‘ve never heard of this before but after your post I definitely want to read it! 10mo
Haleysantucci I love that this book discusses art! It‘s important for us as teachers to teach children that there is art in everything! I agree, the cover does catch your attention! 9mo
DrSpalding There is such wonderful arts integration that cannot be accomplished with this particular book. You should participate in the national event each year! Crayola has the dot markers that would work beautifully in your classroom. 9mo
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Pulling picture books to make room for a #bannedbooksweek display, and I just had to reread this lovely little book.

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MrsGreen
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Happy #bookloversday to all of you! I can‘t even begin to explain how much of a #bibliophile I am. I absolutely ❤️ books and have all my life. So much so that I recently made the family stop at two different @target stores to ensure I found a signed copy of @peterhreynolds The Dot!

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Tjackson
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http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/.

A great book to inspire all of us that we can be creative! Read to your children and your students and consider participating in International Dot Day on Sept. 15ish!!!!! Share your dot projects with us!!!

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DianaHerrera
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This realistic fictional book, The Dot by Peter Reynolds, won The Christopher Award and would be a great book to GR. Vashti‘s teacher was looking over Vashti‘s paper of what was supposed to be a picture, but was completely blank. Vashti insisted that she could not draw until her teacher told her she should try to see where it takes her. Vashti grasped onto a marker and placed a dot onto the paper and quietly signed it. 👧🏻📝

DianaHerrera In the link above, the students will create their own artwork by using only one shape, circles. You can have students use only markers, colored pencils, crayons, or paint. Pencils are not allowed because there are no mistakes for this activity, just as long as there are only circles on their (9”x9”) paper. The students can use Q-tips to create small dots for small details in their artwork. 1y
DianaHerrera UDL 3.3 goes hand in hand with this lesson because it helps guide information and visualization while they discover the use of this learning activity (ESOL #46). #UCFLAE3414SuB18 1y
ERodriguez I have not read this book , will do, it seems like a great book to read. I like the title it makes you think what the book can be off. 1y
DrSpalding I hope you will participate in national DOT day. Check this out: http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/get-started 1y
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JoScho
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Art room staple. What can you make with a dot? #teachersoflitsy

tammysue Fun😊 2y
AmyG That‘s a beautiful picture...I love color. 2y
GripLitGrl Love it!💕 2y
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Blaire Love it! And those dot markers. 2y
AJones Excellent book choice! I love the Author‘s message. 💖📚The power of believing and inspiring another. What a beautiful message. I definitely need to add this book to my personal collection. 2y
JoScho @AJones it is such a good one. Ish and Skycolor are also amazing. 2y
JoScho @Blaire teacher‘s best friend right?! For the first time I actually had a kid explode the top off of one today and paint was everywhere! 2y
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sboynt
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This is a sweet story about Vashti overcoming her perceived lack of artistic ability and finding a love in painting. The story starts in art class and comes full circle to an end at the school art show. Read the story to find out how her teacher made her gain confidence and realize her abilities within. #UCFLAE3414SP18

sboynt https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Dot-by-Peter-Reynolds-3368464 This is a good resource to get a “growth mindset” activity and discussion questions for an after reading section of a GR lesson. IR, S, AR, and PR lessons could also be utilized. 2y
sboynt UDL 7.1 to optimize individual choice and autonomy and EL 30 to encourage the use of diagrams and drawings as aids to identify concepts and seeing relationships are crucial to support all learners and ELL‘s in this lesson. 2y
DrSpalding Again, thoughtful alignment. Did you know there is a Dot Day! http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/ 2y
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WendyV Wow, I‘ve never heard of this book but after overhearing you and @DrSpalding discussing it, as well as reading your post, I really want to check it out! I ❤️ art so I really want to read it! 2y
sboynt @DrSpalding Yes, I noticed Dot Day while researching more about this book for this project! Love it! 2y
sboynt @WendyV I know you love art so it's a great pick for you! 2y
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ElizabethR0309
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Peter Reynolds did a great job on writing this realistic fiction book to show that everyone has talent in some type of way that everyone just needs to find what there‘s is

LaurenR I love this book so much, I even got it for a family friend! 2y
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Taylorhenderson3
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The dot is a great RF with a PR strategy for students. This story is perfect for an art teacher or any teacher trying to prove a positive point to her class. Here we see a teach who shows a girl to go for it and to never doubt herself until she keeps trying. “Make a mark” were the words to inspire this “non-artistic student”. Udl:9.3 and El: to engage a positive mind set #ucflae3415f17

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SarahWynne
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The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds is a RF PB that can be a RA on or around Dot Day! Vashti doesn‘t believe she can draw. Her teacher tells her, “Just make a mark and see where it takes you...now sign it” Those inspiring words released Vashti‘s creativity of her very own dot art, all featured in the school art show. This book reminds us all to “make a mark” and see where it takes us. #UCFLAE3414F17

SarahWynne https://www.teachervision.com/activity/dot-classroom-activities-guide This link has activities that allow students to channel their own creativity.
International Dot Day 2018 http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/
Strategies:
UDL: 9.1 Promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation 9.2 Facilitate personal coping skills and strategies 9.3 Develop self-assessment and re­flection

ESOL: 3. Encourage self-talk (positive thinking)
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AndreaC That‘s cool how they have an International Dot Day! Great to get the students excited about the activities! 2y
MeganMc I love the activity aligned! I would love to read this to my students on national dot day. You are so right, it definitely will spark so much creativity. 2y
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Teresaj I did not know there was an International Dot day! UDL 9.3 would be great to incorporate with this book. 2y
WendyP I have read this book and love the message it gives, I also like that you included the sticky note for DOT day! 2y
JordanHull This is a great post, I loved how you incorporated and pictured Dot Day. Great activities and connections! 2y
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LaurenR
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The Dot is an amazing book, inspiring children to believe in their own creativity. This RF would be a great RA or GR. This story is wonderful in helping children to build that foundation to believe in themselves and to share that confidence with other children. This book won The Christopher Award as well.

LaurenR This has earned a few awards and many great reviews, among those being: The Christopher Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner, Chapman Awards for Best Classroom Read-Alouds, and many more. 2y
LaurenR The ESOL strategy I would use is: #3-encourage self-talk (positive thinking) #ucflae3414f17 (edited) 2y
LaurenR The UDL's I would use are: 2.4-promote understanding across languages, and 9.1-promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation. 2y
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LaurenR This link has many creative lessons for this book that would be fun to do with lower grades & maybe upper elementary. This book can inspire all ages to believe in oneself though. #UCFLAE3414F17 (edited) 2y
DrSpalding A couple of your peers have posted on this particular book. It's wonderful! Check out the posts for this title and you will see there is a national. Dot day that you can perform with your students. 2y
Teresaj Definitely want to read this book! 2y
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WendyP
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This F PB written and illustrated by Peter Reynolds is about a young girl who believes she can‘t draw and doubts herself but her teacher inspires her and tells her to “just make a mark”. This story would make a great RA and encourage students to try their best and be themselves. He ESOL strategy that I would use is number 3 and have kids talk with each other and show positive thinking with classmates.

WendyP The UDL guideline 9.3 is useful for having students asses and reflect on their own thoughts or drawings and also include the ESOL strategy here to promote positive thinking. The following website provides a lesson plan, video and activities that can be used when reading this book. http://mrswillskindergarten.com/dot-lesson-plans-fun-classroom-activities/ h #ucflae3414f17 2y
HNager I love this book, awesome book to read aloud to kids. I love the science part of the activity, with the students making a hypothesis. 2y
DrSpalding Did you know that there is a national.day with activities that you can perform with your students? Check this out: http://www.thedotclub.org/ 2y
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MorganH
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The Dot is a super-inspiring F book, that could help children boost their confidence in arts and creativity. The main character Vashti thinks she can‘t draw, but her art teacher tells her to just “make a mark.” This book would be good as an RA. www.candlewick.com/book_files/0763663271.btg.1.pdf is a guide to Peter H. Reynold‘s 3 artistic books (the Creatrilogy), and activities to go with each! #UCFLAE3414F17

MorganH As inspiring as this book is, EL 3 “Encourage self-talk” would be perfect. UDL 3.3 “Guide information processing, visualization, and manipulation” would work, and the students could make their own dots! (edited) 2y
EveAstrouck I love that you include the idea of students creating their own dots! I am definitely going to have to read this book! 2y
DrSpalding Another student reviewed this book. Check out my note about national. Dot day activities. Crayola has Dot making crafts or dot stickers that you could use to follow up this great book. 2y
SarahWynne I‘m so excited to read this one. I added it to my collection for my classroom library. Love the idea of their own dots! 2y
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Susannah
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Today I'm remembering by beloved baby, Dot, who I lost in April. It's been a tough four months, adjusting to life without her, but I have 12 years of wonderful memories of her antics and her affection. Happy #internationalcatday to all of you--cat people and friends of cat people alike! 😻😍

LeahBergen 💕💕💕 2y
LauraBrook I'm so sorry, it's just awful and heartbreaking. 💖What a beauty she was! 2y
CatLass007 Such a sweet beauty. So sorry for your loss.😿 2y
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sherri
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My son's class celebrated Peter H. Reynolds' The Dot today, so we read it together after dinner. *happy place*

ReviewsandReadathons One of my favorite books to read with my class! 3y
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