For our Dot Day Celebrations, we started with reading The Dot by Peter Reynolds and discussed its theme. Students were encouraged to think about what they are passionate about. Many had never considered this. Some even asked ME what the right answer was.... So we talked about what being passionate about something meant and what goals they had for themselves in life. Because we listed our goals for the school year the first week of school, I at least had SOMETHING to pull from in pushing students to think of themselves in the future tense.
We used a page from the ColAR apps website that was created with FableVision to create our own original dots. Students were asked to use many colors and designs to create a dot that reflects their personal personality. What students DIDN'T realize, is once they were completed, I was able to show them the mind-blowing beauty of Augmented Reality with the dot they created from FableVision and the ColARapp. I used their pictures with their Augmented Reality dots as just another metaphor of the potential they have inside themselves- little jewels of talents and gifts that other people notice when even they, themselves may not.
Next, we used folded manila paper and cardboard doll cutouts as templates to create "All About Me" paper dolls. The paper doll chains included 4 dolls (boys had boy cut outs and girls had girl cutouts) and each paper doll represented something different. The first doll included words that the students felt described them. The second doll had their name and birthday (the day they began truly making their mark on this world!), the third doll was to be drawn as the profession they felt they were interested in possibly one day becoming, and on the fourth doll, students were asked to have 3-4 classmates write an affirmation about them. The "All About Me" dolls turned out really great! Students enjoyed sharing with one another.
My plan is to use the Dot Day pages (the one that works with the ColARapp) at Open House so parents can also experience the awesomeness of this real-life metaphor for originality being in us- even when we can't see it ourselves. I also plan to use the "All About Me" paper dolls to make a display of a visual map of the various global connections we are making this year through not only Dot Day but also Global Read Aloud!