The Dot Activities

Elevate Dot Day learning with The Dot activities! Dive into creativity, explore growth mindset, and amplify reading with Novel Effect.

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47 pages

Grades PreK-5


Take your creativity to the next level with The Dot activities! Let your inner artist out as you explore growth mindsets and self-discovery. Students will design their own dots, describe their talents, and compare themselves to Vashti. There’s more to Dot Day than art and creativity! In addition, they’ll discover character traits and consider the story’s main theme. Explore the differences between ‘growth mindset’ and ‘fixed mindset’ as students reflect on their impact. Want to make a bulletin board out of this activity? You can turn student work into an art gallery for Dot Day! With The Dot activities, the canvas of possibilities stretches as far as one’s imagination!


As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • design a new book cover for ‘The Dot’.
  • design a dot.
  • design and describe a dot.
  • complete a dot maze and dot to dot picture.
  • complete patterns.
  • describe yourself and write about your talents.
  • compare and contrast yourself and vashti.
  • write character traits that describe vashti.
  • write about the story’s lesson.
  • define ‘growth mindset’ and ‘fixed mindset’.
  • reflect on the story.
  • write sentences with story vocabulary.
  • illustrate story vocabulary.
  • complete a dot day art gallery.
  • apply writing skills with included writing templates and prompts.
  • apply reading comprehension with included discussion questions.
  • engage in social skills through included whole group prompts and activities.
  • develop fine motor skills with coloring and cutting activities.
  • create abstract art.
  • play an online game for reading comprehension.
  • participate in collaborative art. 

These activities can be used by the whole group, at stations or centers, or provide student choice. They’re perfect for differentiation and focusing on specific learning goals and skills. 

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About the Book

Peter H. Reynolds' simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations entice even the self-doubting creatives to make their mark. Vashti's art class is over, but she's staring at a blank piece of paper. Her teacher's words are a gentle invitation to speak up. But Vashti can't draw - she's not an artist. Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to show her point. The dot marks the beginning of Vashti's journey to self-discovery. This special moment is at the heart of Peter H. Reynolds' classic tale. Buy the book.

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