Banner students celebrate International Dot Day with S.T.E.A.M.

This past week Banner students were full S.T.E.A.M. ahead in science class as they celebrated International Dot Day. On September 15, students around the globe participate in International Dot Day to celebrate creativity, courage, and collaboration in honor of Peter H Reynolds‘ classic book, The Dot, a fable about the creative spirit that lives in all of us. This year, over 16 million educators and students in 183 countries joined in the celebration. If you aren’t familiar with Peter H. Reynolds, he is not only the author and illustrator of numerous picture books, but is also responsible for the illustrations in the Judy Moody and Stink books written by Megan McDonald and the cover art of many Judy Blume books, including Fudge and Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great. 

For our celebration, our students engaged in an experiment using the process of chromatography. In chemistry, chromatography is the separation of a mixture by passing it in solution or suspension or as a vapor (as in gas chromatography) through a medium in which the components move at different rates. In our experiment, students separated the colors out of a basic black marker and were left with a very interesting filter paper dot. Next, they showed their artistic creativity by designing and coloring their own dot. Then, using the app, Quiver they made their dot come to life on their iPads. To tie in engineering, students used Dots candy and toothpicks to build the largest possible creation they could with the materials given to them. Adding in a Math element, they counted and compared the number of Dots candy and toothpicks it took to bring their creation to life. Finally, they revisited the book’s story through “The Dot Song” by singer/songwriter Emily Dale and the author of the book. The lyrics to the song are as follows:

 The Dot Song 

An empty paper,
Like a polar bear in a snowstorm.
See where it takes you,
See where it takes you.

When you make, make, make, a mark.
All you gotta do is start.
Paint a dot and watch it splatter,
Make, make, make a mark,
Make it matter.
Make it matter.

I wanna see you sign it,
put your signature at the bottom.
And see where it takes you,
See where it takes you.

When you make, make, make, a mark.
All you gotta do is start.
Paint a dot and watch it splatter,
Make, make, make a mark,
Make it matter.
Make it matter.

And when somebody else
thinks they can’t draw a line,
Remember that you can help.
Below that squiggle,
Help them sign.

And make, make, make, a mark.
All you gotta do is start.
Paint a dot and watch it splatter,
Make, make, make a mark.
Make, make, make a mark.

Make, make, make a mark.
All you gotta do is start.
Paint a dot and watch it splatter,
Make, make, make, a mark.
Make it matter.
Make it matter.

 

released August 11, 2014
Written by Emily Dale and Peter H. Reynolds

For activities related to International Dot Day, visit the Dot Club website. You can also visit Peter Reynolds website, where he offers creativity tips for aspiring artists, storytellers, and other creators. 

Make your mark…and see where it takes you.

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