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Dot Day Ideas for the Classroom

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What is Dot Day?

Dot Day is celebrated September 15th-ish.  This fun day focuses on Peter Reynold’s book – The Dot.  The Dot is a fantastic read aloud that focuses on the importance of growth mindset! I love doing a mini room transformation to celebrate! Check out what I do below…


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I keep decorations very simple for this day! I created a little sign that I hang in the hall (which you can grab for FREE>>> HERE) and then I also use a few dot items from Amazon.  I grab a few of these tablecloths (in picture) to hang on bulletin boards and then use the sticker dots all around the room (the set I had did easily come off the wall – but always check before using!).

The Dot – Discussion Questions

Photo of book The Dot, Dot candy, and toothpicks.

After reading The Dot to your students, here are a few ideas for discussion questions or writing prompts…

-How did Vashti change from the beginning to the end of the story?

-How did Vashti inspire the little boy?

-How can you make your mark on the world?
-What advice would you tell a friend who tells you that they can’t do something?

-How can you be creative?

-How can you be unique?

Dot Math Activities

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On Dot Day, students use Dot candy to complete math activities. I first have students take their box or bag (sometimes I take the boxes and divide it up among students) and estimate how many candies they think they have. Then we brainstorm and come up with ideas for the best way to count and see how many we actually have.

Once we have our total, students then create a graph of the different colors they have in their candy box.  We sort the candy, fill out a chart, and then use it to create a bar graph.

If you are interested in these math activities, I have this resource already created for you! You can grab them here…

Printable Dot Candy Math Activities

Digital Dot Candy Math Activities – using Google Slides™

Printable and Digital Dot Candy Math Activities Bundle

Dot Coffee Filters

Students can use their creativity to make their own dot! Give each child a coffee filter and have them color it with markers. When they are finished, lightly spray it with a squirt bottle and watch a beautiful design be made!

Dot Structures

Dot Day structure using Dot candy

This activity is always a favorite in my room. For this STEAM activity, students are creating their own structure out of Dot candy and toothpicks.  I have had students work in groups, with a partner, or by themselves – so do what works best for your classroom. 

Prior to building, students could brainstorm and draw their design draft on a white board.  Some years our structure has had a theme and some years it’s been up to them! Last year, we had just finished reading the story Pop’s Bridge so students created their own bridge structure using the candy! I love seeing all of the amazing designs the kids come up with!

Happy Dot Day Sign FREEBIE!

Free Happy Dot Day Sign

If you’d like to grab my Dot Day sign for FREE, click HERE! I hang this sign up in the hall, but you could use it anywhere in your classroom! It says, “HAPPY DOT DAY!”

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For more information and ideas, check out the International Dot Day Website >>> HERE.

5 Tips to Promote Growth Mindset

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Growth Mindset is a valuable skill for our students to learn. It is important for kids and adults to know that it’s ok to make mistakes and it’s ok to not do everything perfectly the first time you do it. Below are 5 tips for promoting growth mindset in the classroom.

5 Tips for Growth Mindset

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  • Tip #2 – Class Dojo VideosClass Dojo is great for many things, but one of my favorite parts is their videos. They have a section of SEL videos that are perfect for the classroom. The Growth Mindset videos follow Mojo through a situation where he ends up learning about growth mindset and the power of yet. I love using these in the classroom. It is a great way to introduce and spring board your growth mindset discussion.
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  • Tip #3 – Show Kids Your Mistakes – No one is perfect. Teachers and adults are also not perfect. It’s important for kids to see that. We all make mistakes and that is ok. One I way I promote growth mindset in the classroom is by sharing my mistakes with the kids. For example, maybe I spell a word wrong on the board. Once I realize it (lol) or a student tells me, I then point out that I made a mistake and that it’s ok. We can all learn from mistakes. Kids need to see this. They need to see that it is ok and see positive ways to handle mistakes.
  • Tip #4 – Power of Yet – I love the word “yet.” This word is a word that I try to repeat over and over again to the point where the kids know when it’s coming. We’re learning something new – we might not be good at it…yet. This problem is hard – we’re just not there…yet. No one knows how to do everything perfectly the first time, first few times, first million times they try it. It doesn’t mean they will never get it – it just means they don’t get it yet. Teach your students this word and use it with them in the classroom. You’ll see that they’ll pick it up and apply it to their own situations.
  • Tip #5 – Provide Growth Mindset Opportunities – I know this might sound a little out there – but it’s important to give kids challenges where they might struggle and they might even fail. Now do not get me wrong, my goal is for my students to succeed and do well at school, but kids need to have challenges. We don’t want everything to come easy for them because that’s not real life. We want kids to struggle and have to work through things. They need to learn how to handle and work through failing and struggling because both of these situations are real life. It’s important for them to have these challenges with adults around who can help guide them and show them how to handle these situations. I often provide challenges or tricky STEAM type projects. It’s a great way for kids to practice perseverance and that word yet! It’s a great learning experience and tool to help them grow and use growth mindset.
Picture of kids working on a STEM project building a 3D house.

Those are my five favorite ways to promote growth mindset in the classroom. What are some of your favorites? Leave them in the comments below.

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