We LOVE International Dot Day! Dot Day is all about celebrating our creativity and courage. This year, 10,072,020 people celebrated in over 170 countries. We started our morning reading The Dot, a story about a girl named Vashti. Then, we created our beautiful dots. We even wrote creative stories about our dots. Here are a few of them.
A Dot’s Journey
One day a dot went on a journey. He took a journey to every continent. First, he traveled to Antarctica. The dot looked around it was snowy, cold, and lonely. All he saw was snow and ice. “There’s no water for miles,” he said. Then he saw something. Something very big, very white, and very very fast. ”Is that what I think that is?” he said. ”No way that can’t be one,” he said. “It’s a polar bear!” he said excitedly. He was getting way too close to it. Suddenly….it attacked him! He ran as fast as he could to his boat. He made it and sailed away. ”That was a close one,” he said scared. Next, he went to the U.S.A. ”What is this place?” he said. ”Is this Alaska?” he thought. The dot was hungry and tired. He had no food, and no where to rest except the snowy cold floor. He was thinking of giving up. But there is one thing he couldn’t do get back home. He was lost! He thought he couldn’t survive for much longer. He was scared and lonely. Soon, he saw something or someone. ”Is that another traveler?” he said. When the traveler saw him he immediately asked him if he was ok. The dot said, ”Yes I’m ok just really hungry.” So the traveler gave him some food and took him home. (1 month later) The dot found out that if he was going to do that again he needs to be prepared. The dot learned a lesson to be prepared instead of unprepared. And that’s the dots journey.
My dot likes to explore a lot! He has traveled the world! He likes to have a GPS on him all the time! He has 99 friends and he can be your friend too! His favorite friend name is Freddy. And he has a lot of fun going around the world. And he likes to run a lot while going around the world! He has 10 million dollars and owns 5 limousines. His favorite food is orange chicken. He actually owns a private plane! Wow! And he likes to be around friends a lot. He also likes to hike and bike up mountains. He loves to play football and basketball. He has huge house and since he has such a huge house he lets in homeless and abused children of all kinds. He likes dogs and cats and stuff like that. He is a nice human I mean dot. Sorry.:) So back to the story about my dot he loves children and people he may look mean but he rarely is so don’t be scared O.K? He likes to make friends that’s why he has 99 friends. He got home safely and slept in the copper plate and woke up stuck in the copper plate. by:Wade
My dot is brightly colorful and is full with joyful colors. My dot is full with laughter and kindness. My dot can be kind, lovable and can be laughable. My dot is shining like a rainbow in the sky. My dot is so beautifully colorful and so bright. My dot can be anything sweet and colorful. My dot is truthfully unstoppable because it’s very powerful. Except my dot’s weakness is too much excitement. My dot loves candy and in fact my dot lives on candy island. My dot loves loves happy books, movies, and stories. My dot is not shy because it is confident and unstoppable. My dot is also brave and responsible. Sometimes my dot is a troublemaker, but my dot is still cheerful and on it’s best behavior. My dot is brightly colorful and is full with joyful colors.
Finally, our beautiful dots framed in swirly gold!
Although the school year has come to a close, I decided I would write one last post for my third graders to share a couple things about our final week of the Global Kindness Project. I would also like to add I was very impressed with their thoughtfulness and growth each week of the project.
The big question for Week 4 was, “How do we take action?” I wasn’t sure how we could “take action” with so little time left in the school year. Then I read a post on the Global Kindness Project Facebook page requesting help in folding 1,000 cranes for a student who had health issues. This student’s brother was on a mission to fold cranes “to honor his brother’s fighting spirit and to give his brother comfort and peace.” When I shared the with my class, they were all for helping out. On Tuesday, I brought in the origami paper, put it on the back table, and told them they were free to fold when they had time. Luckily, Connor and Sophiah had been practicing at home, and were available to mentor the others. At the end of Wednesday, they had folded 43 cranes to be mailed to Franconia Elementary School in Pennsylvania.
Although this action is small, it was very thoughtful and heartfelt! Also, if anyone is looking for a warm fuzzy feeling, watch this video. My class loved it! We watched it twice a day all week (at their request), each time with immense focus.
If you’ve been following our blog this year, you know we have been learning about different places around the world through the #GeoShows. One of our last Skype calls with Geo Brandon took us to Indonesia. We learned amazing things about their New Year celebrations. Then, Ms. Brokaw had a fantastic idea we create our own ogoh-ogohs to celebrate our almost being 4th graders! Check out our journey through planning, creating, and parading for an audience with our ogoh-ogohs!
Listen to the starting speeches to learn more about the celebration.
Our first performance for Ms. Marsh and Mrs. Seese‘s class was so popular, we held a second performance for the Mrs. Carney, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Pesterfield, and Ms. Mewhorther‘s classes!
This year we celebrated Dot Day with 6,953,694 people in 139 countries! The Dot is an inspirational book by Peter H. Reynolds about a girl named Vashti. After reading the book, we discussed just like everyone is smart in their own way, everyone also has a creative talent. We created together and independently, and had the chance to prove when we work together, we can make spectacular art!
If you’d like to see our individual pieces, you can watch this short video.
Our day came to an end too soon, but check back to read our Dot Day poems!
Earlier this school year, we did a read aloud with Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Elenor Coerr. If you have not read this before, we highly suggest you do! Although the book has a sad ending, it is definitely worth reading. In honor of Sadako, we joined a project called Peace Cranes Project. Since this project began in 2012, over 1 million children, from over 154 countries have joined, and we are proud to be 26 of them!
We started folding origami cranes in anticipation of our exchange. We sent our cranes to Victoria, B.C. in Canada, and in return, they sent theirs to us here, in Arizona. Our cranes carried messages of peace and friendship.
Our cranes ready for flight!
We also signed a peace pledge!
Today our peace cranes arrived from our new friends caring messages! We were inspired by their messages of friendship and caring. Thank you again St. Patrick’s Grade 3B!
Our exchange arrived!
Thank you Peace Crane Project for the inspiration!